Recent social media restrictions in two of the world’s more technologically-advanced countries portend possibly similar bans elsewhere of popular social media sites. A German state, Schleswig-Holstein, apparently does not “like” Facebook. In August, Schleswig-Holstein ordered state institutions to delete their Facebook pages and to remove the “Like” button from their websites. If those institutions do not comply, they could be fined. The edict resulted from the Schleswig-Holstein data commissioner’s concern that Facebook builds profiles of users and non-users based on data Facebook collects when someone clicks the Like button. Such a practice, the data commissioner alleged, violates German and European data protection laws. Facebook disagrees with the commissioner’s contention. As reported on pcmag.com, a Facebook spokesperson stated: “The Facebook Like button is such a popular feature because people have complete control over how their information is shared through it.” Moreover, Facebook asserts that the only information the company receives, when… Continue Reading
If you are of legal drinking age, then go ahead and indulge-in alcohol-related online communications, that is. However, if you are under the legal drinking age, the alcoholic beverage industry has taken steps to ensure you do not partake of its online marketing communications.
When confronted with the uncertainty surrounding employee use of social media, employers may wonder if the best move is to prohibit employees from discussing their jobs on social media sites altogether. Unfortunately, this seemingly simple solution is likely to create more problems than it solves.
Students and Social Media: The Supreme Court Could Decide Whether Schools May Punish Off-Campus Online Speech
A teenager who posts a racy photo on Facebook might be grounded for a week, but should the teen also be suspended from school or kicked off the swim team? A flurry of recent court decisions is bringing just this issue to the fore: can a public school punish its students for their off-campus online activities?