Social media legal issues — part one

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Some of us are employers, many of us are employees and all of us are customers. Some of us are fans, pundits, critics and activists.

Depending on the role that we are fulfilling at the time, our use of social media can have different effects and repercussions. In this article, part one of a two-part series, we look at some general risks associated with the use of social media. Some of these are of broad relevance to all users of social media; some are of particular relevance in a corporate environment, including the use of social media on behalf of a company and the use and misuse of social media by employees inside and outside company time.

In next month’s Law Update, Gordon Barr, a Senior Associate in our Employment team, will outline some of the employment-related issues arising in respect of Social Media. The increasing accessibility of consumer electronics and the internet has meant that Social Media is becoming as common place as emails. According to the Arab Media Outlook report prepared by Deloitte in 2012, 86% of internet users in the Middle East use Social Media to access news, information advice, and 70% of users voice their opinions on Social Media sites.

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