Corporate Finance Alert: Tweet This! SEC Addresses Application of Regulation FD to Social Media

On April 2, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) issued a report of investigation (the Report) that makes clear public companies may use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to announce information in compliance with Regulation FD as long as the companies made investors aware in advance which social media will be used to disseminate the information.

Given the increasing frequency with which public companies are using social media to engage with clients, customers, employees, shareholders and other key constituents, the guidance in the Report is welcome. Rather than breaking new ground, the guidance aims to remove uncertainty among companies and their advisors by explicitly stating that company communications, including those of its officers or directors, made through social media should be evaluated for compliance with Regulation FD by applying the framework set forth in the SEC’s 2008 interpretative guidance applicable to company websites (the 2008 Guidance).

This Client Alert summarizes the applicable SEC guidance and provides practical suggestions for using social media as a channel to disseminate information.

Please see full memorandum below for more information.

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Topics:  Facebook, Investors, Netflix, Public Disclosure, Reed Hastings, Regulation FD, SEC, Social Media

Published In: Communications & Media Updates, Finance & Banking Updates, Securities Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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