Morrison & Foerster LLP - Social Media

Social Links: Facebook uses AI to ID suicidal posts; Google tries to ferret out hate speech; justices consider constitutionality of barring social media access

Facebook is implementing a feature that uses artificial intelligence to identify posts reflecting suicidal inclinations. Google unveiled a new tool designed to combat toxic speech online by assessing the language commenters…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Google Maps gets social; Twitter puts trolls in time out; today’s teens take to chat rooms

New York City’s Conflicts of Interest Board has issued guidelines prohibiting elected officials from using official social media accounts for political purposes or having their staff draft content for their personal social media…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

FTC Report Reinforces the Rules for Cross-Device Tracking

Well over a year after holding a workshop addressing privacy issues associated with cross-device tracking, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff have issued a report. The report sets the stage by describing how cross-device…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: NJ court allows police to read suspects’ private messages; tech companies’ increased control over users’ devices; an app that blocks political posts

A New Jersey court rules that state police can examine a suspect’s private social media messages without having to apply for an order under the state’s wiretapping laws. Technology companies are exercising a lot of control…more
| Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 1

The Decline and Fall of the Section 230 Safe Harbor? - 2016 was a tough year for a lot of reasons, most of which are outside the scope of this blog (though if you’d like to hear our thoughts about Bowie, Prince or Leonard…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Snapchat Clocks Section 230 Win in Speed Filter Case

We have been monitoring a trend of cases narrowing the immunity provided to website operators under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). A recent decision by a state court in Georgia, however, demonstrates that…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Trump’s tweets & the Presidential Records Act; Google’s fake-news raid; tools to burst your social bubble

Some industry observers are asking whether the post-inauguration tweets that President Trump is sending from his personal Twitter account may be subject to the same Presidential Records Act standards as official presidential…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Second Circuit Clarifies “Repeat Infringer” Policy Requirement for DMCA Copyright Safe Harbors

Congress enacted the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) nearly two decades ago seeking to balance the needs of two factions: Content creators, who were struggling to protect their intellectual property in the digital age,…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Tech, Not Trade, Poses Biggest Threat to American Jobs

Donald Trump’s successful road to the White House was fueled by heated rhetoric against free trade deals and U.S. companies engaged in offshore outsourcing. Underpinning his slogan “Make America Great Again” was a premise that…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Will a fan-made Star Trek prequel live long and prosper?; California bans driving while Snapchatting; apps that facilitate infidelity

A federal district court judge refused to grant summary judgment to the copyright owners of the Star Trek franchise in the infringement suit they brought against the team behind a fan-made, crowdfunded prequel to the original…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A List of Lists

Every December and January you can count on the trade press and the mainstream media to run lists of predictions for the upcoming year and retrospectives on the year past ranking the “best” and “worst” of everything from…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

2016: Our Greatest Hits

Last year we explained how companies could protect their social media currency and heed the FTC’s warning on native advertising. We examined court opinions establishing the criteria for enforceable website terms of use and…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: AI displaces insurance company employees; revenge-porn victim seeks injunction against search engines; Wendy’s wins Twitter war against a troll

Over 30 workers at a Japanese insurance company are losing their jobs following the company’s adoption of IBM’s Watson Explorer, an artificial intelligence system that will perform an important back office function at the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

2017: Predictions From Socially Aware’s Editors and Contributors

The beginning of a new year is a time for resolutions and predictions. We won’t bother Socially Aware readers with our resolutions for 2017, but we thought that we would share some predictions for the new year from our editors…more
| Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Decline and Fall of Section 230?

2016 has been a tough year for a lot of reasons, most of which are outside the scope of this blog (though if you’d like to hear our thoughts about Bowie, Prince or Leonard Cohen, feel free to drop us a line). But one possible…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology
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