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Social media perils: Prevention by care

Proudman’s and Carter-Silk’s exchange is a reminder ?of lessons in defamation and the pitfalls of online profile building, writes Nii Anteson

6 October 2015

By now, most of us will be familiar with the recent events involving human rights barrister Charlotte Proudman and law firm partner Alexander Carter-Silk, and will have our own views on their respective actions. 

Occurring as this did shortly after a recent Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association seminar on the potential benefits and risks associated with using social media in a professional context, these events are a timely reminder of the importance of operating with the utmost care. 

To recap, after accepting an invitation from Proudman to connect on LinkedIn, Carter-Silk sent her a private message, in which he made comments that she took to relate to her appearance in her profile photo. After responding to his message, Proudman published it on Twitter, labelling it ‘sexist’ and Carter-Silk’s behaviour ‘misogynistic’.

There will be differing views as to the veracity of Carter-Silk’s claim that his comm...

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