How should the Law respond to the growth of Social Media. Reflect in terms of either Defamation or Privacy.
How should the Law respond to the growth of Social Media? In 300 words reflect in terms of either Defamation or Privacy.
Throughout the decades Social Media has increased a tremendous amount. The most common social media websites such as, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Myspace have given society a platform to communicate on, voicing opinions and sharing images that could land them in trouble with the Law. There have been many cases in which the Law has been forced to get involved in Social media; an example of this was Max Mosley’s public indiscretions, in which he eventually sued the newspaper that made the false allegations.
Legal risks have been imposed now that we all contribute our own opinions via social media websites such as twitter. In order to avoid legal risks, certain privacy steps should be taken such as making sure you’re accounts are private. The law breaches the Data Protection Act 1998, this reminds social media users of Confidential information and data protection, acting as a deterrent to posting confidential information or personal information. I believe that the Government should really stress to society the ‘Malicious Communications Act 1988 & The Communications Act 2003’ Law, as in this current day people bullying is commencing for many young adults and I feel laws such as the Communications Act could highlight the severity of the issue, and act as a deterrent, eventually decreasing the number of issues in social media.
Privacy laws quotes/information from Media Law lecture powerpoint.