We've seen social media as a tool for social justice but its relationship with the law is challenging. Given the rapid growth of our interconnected world, few people would deny the role that social media plays - a repository of information, a driver of ideas and innovation, and increasingly a tool … [Read more...]
Posting Perils: Defamation in the social media era
Social media and the Internet have raised new issues in defamation law and challenged Canadian courts. U.S. Congresswoman Taylor Greene was in the news recently for posting controversial comments on Facebook about Democrats and the FBI. In response to a CNN article about these comments, Greene … [Read more...]
Social Media Platforms: Should you be worried about your privacy?
By agreeing to Terms and Conditions, you are signing an online contract allowing social media to collect and share some personal information. Have you ever scrolled down the long page of terms and conditions for social media sites and immediately pressed the “I agree” button without even reading … [Read more...]
Social Media and Criminal Investigations: Public content and its role in solving crimes
Publicly available social media influences criminal investigations, with costs and benefits to both society and police services. Social media has introduced new ways of both committing and solving crimes into our increasingly digitized world. Services like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram create … [Read more...]
Social Media Posts and Employment: A perilous playground
An employee's social media or Internet activity can have unexpected impacts on their employer. And their job. Social media, and the Internet generally, has become the preferred pastime of our age. Social media may have begun its life as a glorified digital bulletin board. But it has blossomed into … [Read more...]
Can Canada Effectively Address Hate and Racial Discrimination on Social Media?
When regulating the Internet, Canada struggles with it being borderless and how to uphold freedom of expression. In the past months, we have seen increased concern about hate speech and racial discrimination on social media in Canada and around the world. There are renewed calls for increased … [Read more...]