Morrison & Foerster LLP - Social Media

Controversial California Court Decision Significantly Narrows a Crucial Liability Safe Harbor for Website Operators

A recent California court decision involving Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is creating considerable concern among social media companies and other website operators…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Twitter offers anti-harassment tools; Pinterest takes on video ads; P&G changes its social strategy

Twitter took steps to remedy its harassment problem. In addition, over the last six months, Twitter suspended 235,000 accounts that promoted terrorism…more
| Communications & Media Law

Social Links: Facebook’s anti-ad-blocking software; LinkedIn’s “scraper” lawsuit; FTC’s upcoming crackdown on social influencers

Facebook introduced technology that disables ad blockers used by people who visit the platform via desktop computers, but Adblock Plus has already foiled the platform’s efforts, at least for now…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Commercializing User-Generated Content: Five Risk Reduction Strategies

We’re in the midst of a seismic shift in how companies interact with user-generated content (UGC). For years, companies were happy simply to host UGC on their websites, blogs and social media pages and reap the resulting…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ninth Circuit Case Demonstrates That the Social Media Platform, Not the User, Is in Control

We have written before about website operators’ use of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to combat data scraping. We have also noted a number of recent cases in which courts held that social media platforms, rather…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Twitter’s tough quarter; Yelp warns users about litigious dentist; Pinterest battles Snapchat

Instagram now allows celebrities to block trolls. The rest of us will have to continue trying to ignore Instagram trolls. While Facebook reached new highs last quarter, Twitter continued to stumble. Will adding more live…more
| Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Twitter’s troll problem; Snapchat fat-shamer risks conviction; a federal anti-revenge-porn law?

Facebook Messenger joins the elite “one billion monthly users” club just four years after its release as a standalone app…more
| Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Electronic Discovery

Augmenting Reality: A Pokémon Go Business and Legal Primer

We have become inured to the sight of people staring at their phones rather than engaging with one another or enjoying their real-life surroundings. But, over the past two weeks, enslavement to mobile devices rose to new levels,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, Privacy, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Controversial New Jersey Consumer Protection Law Creates a Potential “Gotcha” for E-Commerce Companies

If your company is involved in selling products or services to consumers in New Jersey over the web or through mobile apps, you’ll want to read this blog post…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Appeals court opinions show reach of anti-hacking law; a virtual reality sickness cure; intrigue at Vine

The UK wants to use the blockchain to track the spending of welfare recipients. Some believe that a recent Ninth Circuit holding could turn sharing passwords into a federal crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

#Trademarks?: Hashtags as Trademarks Revisited

Since our previous article on the emerging issue of trademark rights in hashtags, the use of hashtags in social media marketing has continued to grow. Described as the “ignition keys to a social media keyword search,” hashtags…more
| Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Are Online Trolls Ruining Social Media Marketing?

Earlier this year, I helped moderate a lively panel discussion on social media business and legal trends. The panelists, who represented well-known brands, didn’t agree on anything. One panelist would make an observation, only…more
| Communications & Media Law, Law Practice Products & Services, Science, Computers, & Technology

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 4

Mixed Messages: Courts Grapple With Emoticons and Emoji - Emoticon and emoji are ubiquitous in online and mobile communications; according to one study, 74 percent of Americans use emoticons, emoji and similar images on a…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, International Law & Trade

Social Links: Kids roll eyes as parents embrace Snapchat; teen sues Snapchat over sexual content; Snapchat to become less ephemeral with new “Memories” feature (plus some other news not involving Snapchat)

Snapchat has caught on with “oldies” (that’s people 35 and older, FYI). The Chinese government has forbidden online media from reporting news spread on social media sites. A 14-year-old and his mom are suing Snapchat,…more
| Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade

App Developer Prevails in Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Shift to New Business Model

If you make available a service through a free app, and you subsequently decide to migrate users of that app to a paid subscription model, that shouldn’t create any problems, right?…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Business Torts, Science, Computers, & Technology
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