Social Media in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Stocker v Stocker
    • Supreme Court
    • 03 Abril 2019

    The fact that this was a Facebook post is critical. The advent of the 21st century has brought with it a new class of reader: the social media user. The judge tasked with deciding how a Facebook post or a tweet on Twitter would be interpreted by a social media user must keep in mind the way in which such postings and tweets are made and read.

  • Re A (Capacity: Social Media and Internet Use: Best Interests)
    • Court of Protection
    • 21 Febrero 2019

    The first question on which I am asked to rule is whether, in undertaking a capacity assessment, internet and social media use should form a sub-set of a person's ability to make a decision about either ‘contact’ or ‘care’.

    It seems to me that there are particular and unique characteristics of social media networking and internet use which distinguish it from other forms of contact and care; as I described above (see [4]), in the online environment there is significant scope for harassment, bullying, exposure to harmful content, sexual grooming, exploitation (in its many forms), encouragement of self-harm, access to dangerous individuals and/or information – all of which may not be so readily apparent if contact was in person.

    The next question which arises is what is the ‘relevant information’ under section 3(1)(a) MCA 2005 on which the issue should be assessed? Although counsel in this case prepared an ‘agreed’ formula, I have had the benefit of wider argument on the issue in the two cases.

  • Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins
    • Queen's Bench Division
    • 10 Marzo 2017

    The most significant lessons to be drawn from the authorities as applied to a case of this kind seem to be the rather obvious ones, that this is a conversational medium; so it would be wrong to engage in elaborate analysis of a 140 character tweet; that an impressionistic approach is much more fitting and appropriate to the medium; but that this impressionistic approach must take account of the whole tweet and the context in which the ordinary reasonable reader would read that tweet.

  • Zahir Monir v Steve Wood
    • Queen's Bench Division
    • 19 Diciembre 2018

    It is very important when assessing the meaning of a Tweet not to be over-analytical. Largely, the meaning that an ordinary reasonable reader will receive from a Tweet is likely to be more impressionistic than, say, from a newspaper article which, simply in terms of the amount of time that it takes to read, allows for at least some element of reflection and consideration. The essential message that is being conveyed by a Tweet is likely to be absorbed quickly by the reader.

  • Bruno Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd
    • Queen's Bench Division
    • 30 Julio 2015

    I do not think I would be justified in accepting the defendants' submission that the absence of 'tangible' evidence of adverse responses to publication indicates that the true position lies towards the 'Macfarlane' end of the spectrum, or that those who did read the offending words were unaffected by it. Mr Macfarlane is evidently a good friend of the claimant, who was confident enough to trust him over the publishers on a matter of this kind.

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Legislation
  • Digital Economy Act 2017
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2017
    ...... (c) (c) their social and economic well-being. . (12) The third condition is that the ... . . . Online social media platforms Online social media platforms . S-103 . Code of practice for ......
  • Finance Act 2020
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2020
    ......Employment income and social security income Employment income and social security income . S-7 . ...media service, . (b) (b) an internet search engine, or . (c) (c) an online ......
  • The Public Contracts Regulations 2015
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2015
    ...... (d) (d) for public service contracts for social and other specific services listed in Schedule 3, the sum specified in ... or co-production of programme material intended for audiovisual media services or radio media services, that are awarded by audiovisual or radio ......
  • Data Protection Act 2018
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2018
    ...... the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of the individual. . (4) “Processing”, in relation to ...S-177 . Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations 177 Guidance about how to seek redress against media ......
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