Reading up on the increasing number of instances in social media actions winding up in litigation it has become increasingly clear to me that social media is becoming an earnest battle ground in which every day people are facing the kinds of law suits that used to be the sole domain of traditional media providers (television, radio, newspapers, etc) and celebrities.
Here is a lawyers take on the role of litigation in social media:
In fact the role of litigation in social media disputes is so common that there is now a plethora of articles and videos covering: how to develop a social media policy, to how to protect yourself from litigation when engaging in social media.
In essence it appears to be the case that those of us who engage in social media are now held to the same standards of accountability as the traditional media providers. A status update is no longer a word amongst friends, it can be shared, it can go viral, those offended can probably track you down. Essentially we can be held accountable for everything we say.
So is it appropriate that Joe Blogs be made to account for whingeing to his friends on Facebook about his terrible boss? Shouldn’t a distinction be made between close knit social network in which people should be allowed to say exactly the kinds of things we are used to saying around a barbecue? Don’t we have the right to make a complaint without being fired for it?
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