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Does Yik Yak Facilitate Communities or Threats?

On October 15, 2015 By Sara Hunter

Yik Yak, the anonymous location-based social media app, has been under scrutiny since its inception. The start-up, which was launched in November 2013, allows users to make anonymous posts, or “yaks”, and permits others to comment upon those yaks. Yik Yak seeks to build communities by using GPS location-based technology, which shows users posts from [...]

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Recently, the soap opera The Young and the Restless has been in the spotlight for drama that has unfolded off camera. That drama has manifested itself as a legal battle between Sony Pictures Television, Bell Dramatic Serial Company, Bell Philip Television Production Inc., and CBS Corporation and Victoria Rowell, actress and fourteen-year veteran on [...]

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Facebook has 1.23 billion monthly users. From among these users, 7.5 million are children. To many children, Facebook is a medium to share their thoughts and photos without oversight or restraint from their parents. In fact, in their use of Facebook, many children even refuse to be “friends” with their parents. But for [...]

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Un-”like”-ly Property Interests

On September 26, 2014 By Philip Houten

As social media has become as ubiquitous in Americans’ lives as commuting or sunsets, disputes over these new concepts have challenged the legal system to adapt archaic legal concepts to govern their use.  One such concept is a Facebook “like,” which allows a user to publicly display his or her affection for a photo, [...]

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Earlier this year, Facebook agreed to purchase the startup messaging company WhatsApp for $19 billion. WhatsApp has become hugely popular in the last few years due to its instant messaging capability, but without the usual carrier fees associated with text messaging, its compatibility with all major mobile operating systems, and its [...]

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Last year, an interesting report by Gady Epstein for The Economist offered social, political, commercial, technical, and international perspectives on the muddled past, present and future of Chinese internet censorship. Its publication led the China Digital Times to refer to China’s internet connections, the third-most-restrictive in the world Continue Reading

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This past month Facebook announced two changes which arguably decrease privacy protection for its users. The first change was to make every Facebook user’s timeline searchable. The second was to allow Facebook users under 18 years old to share content with the general public.

Facebook recently removed the privacy setting allowing users [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On October 14, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Privacy & Social Media:

California creates a minor’s right to be forgotten online. (In contrast, the EU Court of Justice found in June that EU law contains no general right to be forgotten.) [H/T Privacy, E-Commerce & Data Security's Summer 2013 Newsletter (PDF)] Google may be getting ready to use your [...]

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Yelp Cracks Down on Fake Reviewers

On October 7, 2013 By Dahni Barav

Many consumers put a lot of faith in online user reviews when choosing where to buy goods or services. Websites host reviews for nearly everything, from restaurants to prisons. But the popularity of these sites has also created a booming market for fake positive reviews, which has undermined the credibility of review platforms. While [...]

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