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Now Available: The April Issue of Our Socially Aware Newsletter

Posted in Copyright, DMCA, European Union, Litigation, Marketing, Mobile, Privacy, Section 230 Safe Harbor

The latest issue of our Socially Aware newsletter is now available here. In this edition, we explore the threat to U.S. jobs posed by rapid advances in emerging technologies; we examine a Federal Trade Commission report on how companies engaging in cross-device tracking can stay on the right side of the law; we take a look at a… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Advertising, Marketing, Mobile

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 communications. Spending on mobile ads is expected to reach how much by 2021?! Google recently banned 200 publishers from its AdSense network for… Continue Reading

Social Media 2017: Addressing Corporate Risks

Posted in Compliance, Employment Law, Ethics, Marketing, Mobile

Social media is transforming the way companies interact with consumers. Learn how to make the most of these online opportunities while minimizing your company’s risk at Practicing Law Institute’s (PLI) 2017 Social Media conference, to be held in San Francisco and webcasted on Thursday, February 2nd.  The conference will be chaired by Socially Aware co-editor John Delaney, and our… Continue Reading

Social Links: Yellow journalism rakes in cash; NYC law protects gig economy pay; Twitter suspends “alt-right” accounts

Posted in Disappearing Content, Free Speech, Mobile, Online Reviews

“Yellow journalism” websites are using social media to capitalize on popular ideology. And they’re making a bundle. New York City recently passed the country’s first law protecting the wages of “gig economy” workers. The Wall Street Journal published an illuminating infographic illustrating who’s making a living that way. Twitter suspended high-profile accounts associated with the… Continue Reading

App Developer Not Liable Under TCPA For User-Initiated Texts

Posted in Litigation, Mobile

A recent decision out of the Northern District of California brings good news for developers of mobile apps that incorporate text messaging functions. Those functions may create the risk of claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which generally prohibits the delivery of a text message without the recipient’s express consent. But in Cour v. Life360,… Continue Reading

Social Links: Instagram’s & Pinterest’s new features; the per-post premium paid to top influencers; a successful social media investor shares his strategy

Posted in Advertising, First Amendment, Free Speech, Marketing, Mobile

Instagram now allows users to zoom in on photos in their feeds and at least 11 brands are already capitalizing on the new feature. Pinterest acquired Instapaper, a tool that allows you to cache webpages for reading at a later time. A social-media celebrity with 500,000 followers and a lot of people interacting with his… Continue Reading

Social Links: Google penalizes sites with pop-up ads; proposed Federal legislation to criminalize revenge porn; ad industry group questions Kardashians’ social media posts

Posted in Advertising, Employment Law, Endorsement Guides, Free Speech, FTC, Labor Law, Litigation, Marketing, Mobile, Privacy

Google is cracking down on mobile pop-up ads by knocking down the search-result position of websites that use them. The National Labor Relations Board decided a social media policy that Chipotle had in place for its employees violates federal labor law. A group of lawmakers plans to introduce legislation that would criminalize revenge porn—explicit images… Continue Reading

Now Available: The August Issue of Our Socially Aware Newsletter

Posted in Cyberbullying, E-Commerce, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Privacy, Protected Speech, Right To Be Forgotten, Terms of Use

The latest issue of our Socially Aware newsletter is now available here. In this issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award winning guide to the law and business of social media, we discuss the impact online trolls are having on social media marketing; we revisit whether hashtags should be afforded trademark protection; we explain how an unusual New… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Advertising, Compliance, Cyberbullying, Data Security, Endorsement Guides, Free Speech, Litigation, Marketing, Mobile, Online Endorsements

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. A look at Twitter’s 10-year failure to stop harassment. Are mobile apps killing the web? LinkedIn sues to shut down “scrapers.” The FTC is planning… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Advertising, Digital Content, Disappearing Content, Marketing, Mobile

Instagram now allows celebrities to block trolls. While Facebook reached new highs last quarter, Twitter continued to stumble. Will adding more live video content or allowing users to create Snapchat-like collage custom emojis over photos help Twitter regain its footing? Tips for fixing your company’s social media marketing strategy. A pop singer told fans to… Continue Reading

First Circuit Issues Potentially Significant Ruling on Federal Video Privacy Statute’s Application to Mobile Apps

Posted in Litigation, Mobile, Privacy

The First Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. may carry important implications for mobile app providers seeking to navigate federal privacy laws—in particular, the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (“VPPA”). Although Yershov is not the first case to consider how the VPPA applies to mobile apps, the opinion contains… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Cyberbullying, Disappearing Content, First Amendment, Free Speech, Litigation, Livestreaming, Mobile, Privacy, Protected Speech

Facebook Messenger joins the elite “one billion monthly users” club just four years after its release as a standalone app. A Canadian judge ordered a couple convicted of child neglect to post to all their social media accounts his decision describing their crime. Leslie Jones of Ghostbusters highlights Twitter’s trolling problem. One tech columnist says… Continue Reading

Augmenting Reality: A Pokémon Go Business and Legal Primer

Posted in Litigation, Mobile, Privacy

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, with smartphones and tablets actually propelling users’ movements in the real world as opposed to merely distracting… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Litigation, Mobile

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? Well, app developer LogMeIn did just that, and became the target of a class action lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of California. Although… Continue Reading

Social Links: The ramifications of Microsoft’s LinkedIn purchase; the brands using Snapchat; lawyers’ social media use

Posted in Advertising, Ethics, Marketing, Mobile, Online Promotions

Lots of press surrounding Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn: Will LinkedIn change as a result? Will the Microsoft purchase inspire a Twitter acquisition? “Spam King” gets 30 months in jail for sending 27 million messages. One columnist says you should stop measuring your social media marketing reach. Twitter is now allowing brands to target ads to… Continue Reading

Now Available: The October Issue of Our Socially Aware Newsletter

Posted in Bankruptcy, Compliance, Discovery, Employment Law, FTC, IP, Labor Law, Litigation, M&A, Marketing, Mobile, Online Endorsements, Online Promotions, Online Reviews, Securities Law, Terms of Use

The latest issue of our Socially Aware newsletter is now available here. In this issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award-winning guide to the law and business of social media, we highlight five key social media law issues to address with your corporate clients; we discuss when social media posts are discoverable in litigation; we identify six important considerations in… Continue Reading

Status Updates: Artist sues Pinterest; texting for teens without data plans; quit smoking with social media

Posted in Copyright, IP, Mobile, Status Updates

Pin pain. As a primarily visual social media platform whose self-described purpose is to help users bookmark and save “good stuff you find anywhere around the web,” Pinterest has raised copyright infringement questions since it became explosively popular in 2012. In many cases, copyright owners are happy to have their images “pinned” on the site,… Continue Reading