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As a customer, am i liable for messaging another customer found on a Facebook business page?

I am a customer for a Wedding dress shop, and I messaged another customer with a warning about the shops impending closure because of issues with lack of contact from the company. I have received a ...
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How should I notify a youth YouTuber that they are inadvertently revealing their personal residence address [closed]

I've been watching a youth YouTuber and noticed an identifiable building in the background, on their commute to school. To humor myself, I combed through their videos, where I could see landmarks/...
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When is a Web-Site Owner Obligated to Report a Crime?

I own and operate a web-based forum. Users can post information for other users to view. While I am not a mandated reporter as defined by the state I live in, the site users come from different parts ...
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Does an admin have the right to read private messages in social media and apply TOS?

In online communities (like forums, social networks, platforms like Stack Exchange, etc.), can a user be banned because of something they have written in a private message? If so, when does the ...
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Personal information online (Instagram) no way to control

I'm trying to work out the legal routes for reclaiming control of personal information online. Backstory: I have had an Instagram account for a long time. Then one day (a few years ago) I couldn't ...
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Can the owner of an open social media account be held accountable for attached comments made by others?

An "open" social media account can be viewed by anybody. I understand that the laws of the UK and other countries too extend to social media and users of such platforms can be prosecuted for posts ...
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Can my employer gather personal data without written consent

I'm located in the EU. My employer recently became a contractor for an american company. We deal with software. A requirement of the american company was that on all machine of the people working ...
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if a politician blocks a constituent on Facebook, is it a breach of the constituent's first amendment rights?

Our local mayor in Lafayette Colorado, Christine Berg, just resigned to "spend more time with family". Then, a couple of days later, I notice that she's being sued by a constituent for blocking him ...
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Who is the legal owner of the Twitter account?

I often see someone on Twitter saying something like: My account = my rules. And I always wonder…is this actually true? Who is the legal owner of the Twitter account? Is it Twitter or the user who ...
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Can I sue the person who posted my private email online?

I reached out to someone who runs a niche website two times about a sad personal matter that fits their niche and after being ignored two times I sent an email where I blew up at the individual for ...
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Using images from Instagram on my e-commerce website

We are in the process of making an e-commerce website selling our own established brand of makeup. However we would like to use the instagram API to fetch images that use a specific hashtag like #...
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Instagram: publishing a publication image if it has been modified by some third-party app?

I am addressing the legal community. My question concerns Instagram: The user is the owner of the image he has published on Instagram. The user has published on Instagram an image of which he is not ...
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Creating a social network account without consent

One of my colleague that does not want to be on any social network was a bit harassed by another colleague that treat him of paranoid. So this other college start to create a Facebook account with ...
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Why should tech firms get away with publishing child pornography and facilitating child sex grooming rings? [closed]

I read a recent newspaper report that the UK police force were dealing with roughly 80,000 cases of online child sex grooming. If newspapers, or publishing firms published child pornography there ...
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Is it illegal for someone to view my private Instagram through someone else’s account?

Is it illegal for someone to view my private Instagram through someone else’s account? I recently found out that someone who I did not allow to follow me sent me a screenshot of one of my posts. I ...
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Can a Whatapp Message be used in a misconduct case?

Can a Whatapp Message be used in a misconduct case? Does a screen shot of the evidence count as evidence if it was from an opposing party? How could it be verified that the person in question ...
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Is Facebook Invading My Privacy?

I have two Facebook accounts: A, and B. FB account A uses my real email address and has my real life friends. FB account B uses made up information and is in no way associated with my real life. I ...
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Is it illegal to post a picture of someone without their permission?

If I took a potentially embarrassing photo of someone and posted it on a social media site without the person’s permission, such as instagram, could that person take legal action against me? Also, ...
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Know if my page violates any rule or copyright, without risking suspension or closure

i'm an administrator of an Instagram page in which I make posts about drawings and covers related to comics. Obviously I am not the author of these drawings but I always add in the description the ...
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Can you pursue legal action for a potential user who keeps coming back even after being banned from an internet platform?

I run my own web site and I've also been part of a few social media platforms owned by private citizens and small business owners. They usually have administrative rules to prevent bullying, ...
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Copyright issues with sharing music and videos on social media

What are the copyright issues with sharing music and videos that I find on social media? Not ones that I upload, but ones that I find besides my own. Like when I hit "share" on Facebook. Have I ...
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GDPR and forums: “Lawfulness of processing” email addresses used only for providing the service

I run a small hobby message board that is entirely non-commercial. People need to provide an email address to register and use that for logging in. I do not use their email address for anything else (...
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Can I use a name on YouTube if it is already used on Instagram?

I finally brainstormed a name for my youtube channel that I am very happy with. I registered it on YouTube, and also paid for the .com domain name. However, then I checked on Instagram and noticed ...
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Is it legal to use movie frames for creating gifs and using it in mobile apps

I am working on a project that is using gifs we created from movie frame/scene for fun and interaction. For example, I am using multiple gifs to make a single scene. My gifs feature movie actors and ...
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Using trademarked names as a reference in a commercial context

Is it possible to use a trademarked name as some sort of a reference for public available data (even when used in a commercial context)? Non-Commercial example: Let's say we have an app that displays ...
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Social network websites limitations based on USA sanctions

I live in a country that has been blacklisted under United States sanction regulation. I've got free membership in DeviantArt.Com (A community website for sharing artworks [Photographs, painting, ...
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definition of personal data collection related to privacy policy

So I am about to publish a mobile app and I need a privacy policy, although my app doesn't really collect any type of user information, is there some kind of definition about what it means to "collect"...
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Is a social media bot/user script illegal?

Say there is a desktop application software with the purpose of automating certain tasks on social media sites and the developer plans to operate in the US. The desktop application essentially opens ...
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Copyrights on Facebook postings

Under the copyright law of the United States (unless this has changed since I learned this) you can forfeit a copyright if you distribute your copyrighted work to the public with no copyright notice. ...
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Can companies use user data for App Store marketing screenshots?

Apple's App Store lets you preview features of a published app via screenshots, images, and even videos. In the case of a social media app, those functionalities can only be shown through including ...
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Social Media and CC Licensing on copyrighted names or images

I am wishing to make an app that targets a specific fan community for a game by Nintendo. I am trying my best to avoid copyright and trademark issues. Here are my questions: 1) Images I am using do ...
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Are people allowed to use photos for commercial products that contain a logo?

I was looking on unsplash when I came across this photo https://unsplash.com/search/gaming?photo=eCktzGjC-iU Now, under unsplash's license agreement, people may use these photos for commercial ...
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Did CNN blackmail a private citizen?

Recently CNN went after the Reddit user who created a GIF (animated image) of President Trump smashing a WWE fighter with CNN's logo superimposed on the WWE fighter's head making it look like Trump ...
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Social Media Content Rights

Is it possible to have a social media site that leaves the copyright with the creator, but by posting gives the site posting rights? Is this common?
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Why major social networks collect age but do not display it

I have noticed this on various social networks that during registration user is asked to specify age, however created user profile does not display the age. Users on social networks that provide the ...
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Can I use facebook,twitter,linkedin,github icons in my app?

There are a lot of websites on which I login. Many websites offer sign up through fb, twitter, Github etc. I find it difficult to remember through which social account I signed up on a particular ...
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Laws regarding fictitious public figures or celebrities/likenesses/etc.? [closed]

We can already make simple the laws regarding the common scapegoating or scandalous nature of living, human public figures and/or celebrities. What exactly do laws state about public figures/...
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Is calling for “Bastille Day” on a forum illegal?

In this posting I argued for people who have access to classified information to start leaking information. Someone replied saying that my posting is in itself a violation of the law: You do ...
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Can an employer force an employee to have a social media account and put their current employment information on the profile?

A person I know recently received some new rules from their employer regarding expected social media behavior, which they need to sign. Before signing, I started reading it, and the last point ...
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Is it allowed to aggregate social media data?

We are a group of data scientists, trying to build a social media search engine that basically focuses on trends and follows the method of store->index->rank method of storing social data from Twitter,...