Tag Archives: Twitter


Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Michele Bowman  
Guess What? You Don’t Own Your Tweets

NEWS UPDATE: See the story and video at Twitter Caves and Hands Over Protester’s Tweets to Avoid Fines. In what’s being called a case of first impression, a judge in Manhattan ruled on July 2 that Twitter must turn over some of the deleted Tweets of a user who was arrested in October 2011 during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration. Prosecutors believe that Malcolm Harris was tweeting about an issue he is trying to use in his defense and that his …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Jennifer King  
Gang Members Arrested After Friending Cop on Facebook

Your parents probably told you never to talk to strangers. Fourteen Brooklyn gang members learned that lesson the hard way—and now they’re facing hard time in prison. New York City Police Officer Michael Rodrigues got a tip that the Brower Boys gang members might be responsible for a year-long rash of burglaries in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. As the saying goes, you have to think like a criminal to catch a criminal. These criminals included a bunch of 18-year-old boys, …

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Posted 2 years ago in Social Networks by Michele Bowman  
Are Your Social Media Accounts Really Private?

How private are your posts on Facebook and your tweets on Twitter? If you think the answer depends only on how you configure your privacy or security settings for your accounts, you might be in for a rude awakening – at least if you’re ever involved in a court case. Two recent cases illustrate that if you step into a courthouse – whether intentionally, as a plaintiff in a civil suit, or not so intentionally as a defendant or even …

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Posted 2 years ago in Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
Can Your Employer Control What You Say Online?

As social media provides more and more ways to connect with others and spread information, employers have begun to use social media polices as a way to regulate their employees’ activities on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. That would be fine if companies’ efforts were narrowly aimed at restricting their employees from discussing trade secrets or confidential financial information online, for example. But some employers are going too far, according to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Ada Kulesza  
Jury Awards $13.8 Million in Internet Defamation Suit

A Texas couple was awarded $13.8 million by a jury for defamation after anonymous posters to the Internet site Topix.com accused them of being sexual deviants, rapists, and drug dealers. Mark and Rhonda Lesher said they had to move out of town and sell Rhonda’s salon and day spa because of the nasty online comments. The jury awarded the couple $13.78 million in damages for mental anguish, loss of reputation, and Mrs. Lesher’s loss of business. Mr. Lesher, who is …

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