The Law and Business of Social Media
January 06, 2021 - Endorsement Guides, Antitrust, UK, Section 230 Safe Harbor

Social Links: Internet law under Biden; new tech-laws around the world; the UK’s Endorsement Guides

Experts anticipate that the incoming Biden administration will be tough on tech. What does that mean for the future of §230 of the Communications Decency Act? The antitrust suit against Google? This NPR piece makes some predictions.

Human rights activists are outraged over a proposed law in France that would makes it illegal to publish images of police officers with intent to cause them harm. Supporters of the law, which was passed partly in response to demands from police unions, argue that it doesn’t ban people from filming police in action, but rather, just from using the images to cause them physical or psychological injury.

Regulations in Pakistan expand the power of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) by allowing the agency to require social media platforms with more than half a million users in the country to register with the PTA and establish a permanent office and database servers in Pakistan.

We’ve discussed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising on Socially Aware. Here are some tips on how to comply with the UK’s guidelines for social media influencers.

Trying to use social media to convince people that COVID-19 vaccinations are the way to end the pandemic? Think again. Harris Poll endorsements show that “more than half of Americans say they have little or no trust in social media when it comes to information on the COVID-19 vaccine.”