United States: The law that made Facebook what it is today – Frank LoMonte

12 04 2018

File 20180410 536 1010ol.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Facebook is facing a reckoning in the court of public opinion for how the social media giant and its partners handle customer data. In the court of law, holding Facebook responsible for its actions has been quite a bit harder. Read the rest of this entry »





Are Website Operators in the US are Finally Going to Be Forced to Remove User Generated Defamation? – Yair Cohen

26 03 2018

On 3 April 2018 the California Supreme Court will hear oral submissions in a case of Hassell v. Bird.  The case is likely to have implications on the ability of business owners, including those who are located in the UK, to have fake and defamatory online reviews removed from US based websites.  Read the rest of this entry »





“Fake” news versus “wrong” news: a nonideological approach to a smarter readership – Charles J Glasser

31 01 2018

Before we attack the problem, we must understand that the idea of “disinformation” – and that’s what we’re talking about here – is very old one. During the 1930s, New York Times reporter Walter Duranty was found to have filed completely false stories covering up the barbaric cruelties and famine committed in Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union. Read the rest of this entry »





Top 10 Defamation Cases of 2017, a selection – Suneet Sharma

26 01 2018

Inforrm reported on a large number of defamation cases from around the world in 2017. This is my selection of the most legally and factually interesting cases from England, Australia and the United States from the past year.    Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Supreme Court considers privacy rights in the digital age – Oliver Persey

14 12 2017

On Wednesday 29 November 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (“the Court”) heard oral argument in Carpenter v. the United States. The issue in Carpenter is whether a warrantless seizure and search of records showing the location of a person’s mobile phone (Cell-Site Location Information – CSLI) over the course of 5 months is permitted by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Companies need confidentiality clauses, but not to muzzle sexual abuse victims – Elizabeth C. Tippett

23 11 2017

File 20171121 6016 1jw9l6g.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Harassment and abuse accusations against Harvey Weinstein and other prominent men, like Bill O’Reilly, have revealed a trail of settlement agreements in their wake, many of which contained language that prevented victims from speaking publicly. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: A Collection of Articles Commemorating Zeran v. AOL the key decision on Section 230 immunity

18 11 2017

Two US academics, Eric Goldman and Jeff Kosseff, have put together an interesting collection of articles on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the pivotal decision in Zeran v AOL – which they describe as “internet law’s most important decision“. Read the rest of this entry »