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Publishers and the law must work together

In the news there are often cases of so-called ‘revenge porn’, or reports of violent incidents that have happened through an ill-fated meeting on a social media site. Solicitors deal with life when it is at its most troubling and, as we become more accustomed to living in a digital age where technology advances at a ?rapid pace, challenges arise, ?so we must ensure we are equipped with the right tools ?to address them.

29 September 2015

To some extent, the law is playing catch up on developing clear legislation that adequately reacts to and addresses the rapidly changing social and digital sphere. Almost two years ago, the Crown Office set out guidelines advising social media users that anything they post online that could be considered a crime on the street would be illegal.

The aim, the Crown Office said, was not to deny freedom of speech but to target those committing hate crimes, such as racism, sectarianism, homophobia, or sending violent pictures and messages. It’s vital that these boundaries are clearly marked to protect and act effectively for clients through a legal system which is robust in its approach to dealing with crimes committed online.

It is also vital the profession keeps abreast of developments with social media, and one of the areas in which social media challenges the law is defamation cases. A judge commented in the case of Smith v ADVFN Plc and others [2008] EWHC ...

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