Social Media in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Re A (Capacity: Social Media and Internet Use: Best Interests)
    • Court of Protection
    • 21 Feb 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.

  • Stocker v Stocker
    • Supreme Court
    • 03 Abr 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.

  • Zahir Monir v Steve Wood
    • Queen's Bench Division
    • 19 Dic 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.

  • B (by her litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) v A Local Authority
    • Court of Appeal
    • 11 Jun 2019

    On the one hand, there is a recognition of the right of every individual to dignity and self-determination and, on the other hand, there is a need to protect individuals and safeguard their interests where their individual qualities or situation place them in a particularly vulnerable situation: comp.

  • Reynolds v Times Newspapers Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 28 Oct 1999

    Reputation is an integral and important part of the dignity of the individual. It also forms the basis of many decisions in a democratic society which are fundamental to its well-being: whom to employ or work for, whom to promote, whom to do business with or to vote for. When this happens, society as well as the individual is the loser. It is in the public interest that the reputation of public figures should not be debased falsely.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Investigating employee harassment via social media
    • Núm. 17-4, Noviembre 2015
    • Journal of Systems and Information Technology
    • 322-335
    Purpose: – The purpose of this paper is to examine the process of investigation of employee harassment via social media to develop best practices to help organisations conduct such investigations m...
  • Social media mining for journalism
    • Núm. 43-1, Febrero 2019
    • Online Information Review
    • 2-6
  • Marketing academic library information services using social media
    • Núm. 40-3/4, Marzo 2019
    • Library Management
    • 228-239
    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of social media in the marketing of academic library resources and services in Kuwait and identifies the factors related to the use of socia...
  • Social media dilemmas in the employment context
    • Núm. 38-3, Abril 2016
    • Employee Relations
    • 420-437
    Purpose: – The purpose of this paper is to analyse social media issues that give rise to employment-related legal and ethical dilemmas, with reference made to recent case law development, and offer...
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Law Firm Commentaries
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