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Do you think this lady from Instagram is actually in contact with the FBI? [closed]

So, long story short, me and about half a dozen other people were an Instagram troll farm. We weren't hired or anything, we just sort of met each other organically as trolls, and we copied each other'...
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Can a person use AI-generated human faces as their profile picture?

I've read an article about marketers creating fake linkedin accounts with AI-generated human faces as pfp. A human face makes the account more professional and intimate. I'm not talking about using AI ...
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Can a goverment body rent space for a public forum from a group that they believe will ban those they legally can't?

Someone who is a member of the government cannot restrict access to a public forum, due to the First amendment. However, a private company are allowed to do so, and often communications that would ...
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Is the server owner required to ask for ID to allow access to adult content on a Discord server in the UK?

Consider somebody is running a Discord server that allows for NSFW content. They use the NSFW tag on the relevant channels, so as to defer to Discord's own "I am over 18" button for ...
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Could my son get in legal trouble for a poor taste joke he made on social media?

My son is 16 and runs a meme page on Instagram. A couple of hours ago, he posted a photograph of Lord Mountbatten with the caption "hey British people, the IRA made Lord Mountbatten go boom, how ...
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Why is it really bad to publicly talk about a case you are involved in on social media?

I was inspired to ask this question due to these related Reddit AMA I’m Jaime Rogozinski, Founder of WallStreetBets and I’m suing Reddit. AMA. Help me understand the trademark battle for ...
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How is social media allowed to reproduce content, but you can't put the same content on a blog with ads?

I see videos and images from Twitter feeds, and they are full of stuff without copyright notices. This is just one small example, I see thousands of posts all with sound, or video or images taken from ...
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Are social media TOS invalid because lack of due process and mutuality creates an unenforceable illusory contract?

Generally speaking, the TOS of social media platforms share certain common features. They do not give the user the right to any "due process." If the platform wishes to cancel, block or ...
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What are the legal requirements of running a giveaway competition where people play for free

What are the legal requirements of running a giveaway competition where people play for free but will win something? Also is a competition like a singing/ talent competition where there are judges (...
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How does copyright over content that is not behind paywalled content work?

I’m sorry but I like international law and consortiums exclusion right to ownership generally, so I would like that sort of answer to: How does copyright over online content that is not behind ...
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Is Facebook liable when they fail to remove illegal postings?

There are criminals creating hundreds of Facebook accounts for identity theft and other scams.  Besides the illegality of the scams themselves, most of these masquerade as someone else.  Both actions ...
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What legal protections are there for moderators of social media who view child pornography when it is referred to them?

Suppose you are a moderator of a social media website such as Reddit, or something in the Stack Exchange network, or similar. Users can report inappropriate, abusive, or illegal content. For example, ...
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Is a US Government order to a private media company to suppress an article/story a violation of the First Amendment?

I'm trying to better understand this comment (and its implications): In a pure hypothetical (so as to avoid any speculation on whether or not it happened), if the US Government were to be found to ...
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Judges barring defendants from using social media

A New York Times article recently mentioned that a US immigration judge has prohibited a non-US-citizen from speaking on social media, apparently as a condition of release from detention. But the ...
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What specific law is broken if the merchant continue to charge the customer's card after the customer disabled his account?

A customer used to have a VIP account with a California social media company that charges a monthly subscription fee. In July 2021, the customer disabled his account and terminated his VIP. No service ...
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Is there any protection regarding social media accounts and background checks?

Suppose Alice was applying for a new role. As part of a background check she is asked for usernames for any social media she uses. She gives details of her public Twitter and LinkedIn accounts (...
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What Are Repercussion For Making Uncensorable Social Media? [duplicate]

I'm intending to make and publish an experimental platform where user-generated content (UGC) is uncensorable and permanent. Although tech promotes itself as such, like the omnipotence paradox, man ...
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Does Fluff Busting Purity violate Facebook's terms of service?

I'm getting annoyed by Facebook reels, sponsored posts, and other elements on Facebook, desiring a means to control them. The most powerful way to control what content appears on Facebook appears to ...
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Suit for excessive moderarion

Assume I run a site similar to stack exchange, namely no meaningful terms of service. In that case there is no restriction on behavior, any moderator can delete anything, up to and including running a ...
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Anonymously forwarding emails

I was thinking about making this as a side project to generate traffic on my Canadian website... Let's say I create a service similar to yopmail.com whereas I allow users to generate email addresses ...
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Is it legal to put a photo of someone else's art on Facebook?

I was in a building that is publicly accessible and I took a photo of paintings they had hanging on the wall. Is it legal for me to post it on social media such as Facebook, or would this be copyright ...
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Are Discord bots allowed to store deleted messages and let people view them?

There are many Discord bots around which look at messages sent by users, but are they legally allowed to store messages in files, and even store messages which were since deleted by the users who sent ...
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Is it legal to publish email that wasn't sent to you, without the consent of the sender?

Someone took a screen shot of an email I sent, and don't know if it was a person on the distribution list, or someone else. But then another person posted that screen shot, with visible contact ...
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Can I scrape social media websites and advertise personal user information?

I have recently built a scraper that could collect user information from a variety of social media platforms, these include: Instagram, Twitter and Nextdoor. The information provided to me are the ...
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What would be the sequence of events necessary in order for social media websites to be considered common carriers?

There has been a lot of cries for social media platforms to be regulated as common carriers. However, what would be the actual, concrete events that must happen for such a thing to happen? Does it ...
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Online Defamation in Germany after the Künast court victory

M F Whitaker asked a question which has since been closed because it asked for legal advice in a specific case. I believe that there are two questions of general interest in the closed posting. The ...
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Does the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 give the police the right to access end-to-end encrypted messages?

End to end encryption is a security measure in which the sender of a message encrypts the message in a way that only the intended recipient is able to decrypt it. This was first popularised by the ...
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Can I sue a government agency for removing Facebook comments?

According to lawyers.com: “Even if a social media site is maintained as an official government tool, it may not be a public forum for purposes of free speech. For instance, government agencies don’t ...
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When sharing posts on social media (i.e. copying a post made by someone else) do you need the permission of the author?

A bit of a follow up to Is it legal to copy pictures found on social media and upload them again? When a person takes a picture or writes some text, they are by default the copyright owner. Many ...
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Can I download my own Facebook videos without using Facebook's native downloader?

Each week, I livestream a video from a noncommercial Facebook business page I manage; then, I download it through Facebook's native download button (given to business pages but not personal accounts, ...
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"diamond" ♦ moderators and the law of agency

Are our moderators (♦) legally considered agents of Stack Exchange, Inc. from the standpoint of other non-moderator community members? I've reviewed the moderator agreement, and note it says: I ...
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Is it legal to upload a photo from a private place without the subject's permission?

Last night we had a small gathering in my neighbour's front garden. Her next door neighbour took some pictures and posted them to Facebook. This is not the first time and in the past we have told her ...
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Is it legal to use icons from other companies in my app?

For all intents and purposes, if I were to develop an app that provides a service relating to already existing services, how legal would it be to download and use the third party's icons in my app? ...
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Are "Unfriend Finder" apps for Facebook and other social media illegal?

Is it illegal for me to use a web extension to find out if my friend's list on Facebook changes? The specific example in question would be this site: https://unfriend-app.com/ It notifies me any time ...
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I need my twitter deleted

I have seen one similar question but it is almost two years old, and there's a bit more to it. I created a twitter account a long time ago because I was doing live streaming on adult websites. I need ...
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Is it legal to provide customer service only via social media (UK)

I bought an item from an online store in the UK and imported it to EU. The UK shop did not deduct taxes, and I had to pay the import fee + my own country's taxes (calculated on the price containing UK ...
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What are the consequences for intentionally providing false information to an online site?

Suppose you provide a false name and birthdate to a site like Facebook or some other online site that requires accurate information. You do not make any financial transactions or impersonate anyone (...
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What are the laws on taking a photograph in someone’s bedroom and posting it online without permission from homeowner?

Someone takes a photo of themselves in their friend’s bedroom, without their friend’s knowledge or consent, and posts it online. Some of the art on the wall is handmade by the friend, and was not ...
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Is it legal to scrape an individuals' public data from Facebook/Twitter/Instagram?

I am building a website builder for small businesses. During the onboarding process the user provides his/her business social media accounts. I am interested on extracting the public information in ...
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Why did the Supreme Court vacate the ruling that Trump could not block Twitter users?

In 2019, an appeals court upheld a decision that President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking users from his Twitter account. Two days ago, the Supreme Court declared the case "moot&...
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What is the legal distinction between Twitter banning Trump and Trump blocking individuals?

For reference, this recent NPR article contains all of the information that inspired this question. The lawsuits referenced in the above article center on then-President Trump blocking individual ...
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What laws allow social media companies to "choose" who to serve, but not brick-and-mortar business?

I'll say right away, I know this hot topic is politically divisive, but I'm hoping for a neutral explanation by people with experience. Social media companies (in addition to banks, payment processors,...
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Facebook Raffle won by organiser's spouse

I recently joined a UK based Facebook group which the owner/admin uses to run raffles to raise money for a youth football team. I believe this doesn't require a licence as it is to raise funds for a ...
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Does Australia's News Media Bargaining Code prevent Australian news being displayed outside of Australia?

The Australian News Bargaining Code, if passed, will prevent companies like Google and Facebook from displaying images and snippets (and possibly even headlines) on their platforms unless they pay ...
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Question about privacy and posting social media comments

Lies upon lies were written by an Instagrammer with an extremely big ego, claiming to have held 2 PhDs by the age of 19 and subsequently 4 by the age of 31. Also, touting an IQ of 170+ and deeming ...
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Can sending a single message on social media be considered harassment?

My ex-fiancée sent me a WhatsApp message a few months back to "inform" me that she got married and that I should forget and forgive. What I didn't know back then was that it was her second ...
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Promotion of illegal activity on social media platforms

Even though Tesla vehicles manufactured today have the internal hardware to be fully self-driving, they still need to undergo software upgrades before self-driving becomes fully functional. ...
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Report Photo - Violation of Business Private Information

Yesterday I found that a person that was collaborating with my business published photos of him inside my facilities on his Instagram account. In those photos, some private data of my company and my ...
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Is it legal to post an email to social media if the email also contains a photo of the sender and other personal identifiable information?

I've seen a few similar questions asked before, however would posting a screenshot of an email onto social media be legal under the following circumstances: The poster on social media is the ...
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If someone screenshots a photo you posted to social media and reposts it is that against any laws?

The account centers around taking screenshots of people’s photos and pairing them with another person as a "couple". I don’t know about the other pictures but mine did not have consent. This is on ...
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