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When is a web-site owner obligated to report a crime?

Suppose someone operates a web-based forum where users can post information for other users to view. While not a mandated reporter as defined by the state the operator lives in, the site users come ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Advocating for Russian presidential candidates

Is it against the law to post a call to vote for a Russian presidential candidate in social networks?
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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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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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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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Is it illegal to post a picture of you and your ex best friend on social media without her consent? [duplicate]

We went through a fight and me and her are no longer best friends. I posted a TikTok about her and me no longer being friends. It says “dear ex best friend” there is nothing inappropriate or rude. The ...
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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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Reposting pictures of private Instagram account elsewhere

Is it illegal to post pictures from a private Instagram account on the internet? My friend has a private Instagram account but her posts were seen on a sub reddit. She didn't give consent to repost ...
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Is e-whoring legal?

I have created a fake female identity on Internet, I have an Instagram and a Snapchat, and I'm selling "nudes", photos of the person (photos that I stole from a website). I already made around 400$ in ...
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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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Am I responsible for stopping potentially libellous posts being submitted to a Facebook group I am an admin of?

If a member of a Facebook group that I am an administrator for posts something, in this instance an accusation of criminal wrongdoing, that is then reported by another user as being a lie, or ...
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Was Youtube ruled not to be a public forum in this ruling, contradicting another judge decision that another social network is?

In a former ruling for a case a judge argued Donald Trump's Twitter account was a public forum. But recently there was another case, where PragerU media sued Youtube, arguing that they infringed ...
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Is it legal to upload a photo from a public place without the subject's permission?

For example, a buddy of mine recorded or captured a photo/video of someone let us say fighting or just talking in a public place such as the public road. It is legal to post it in social media even ...
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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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Can a social network be sued for violation of freedom of speech if an official government account is banned?

A spanish political party announced they are suing Twitter in Spain and United States for violation of freedom of speech after an account of them was banned. Details of which arguments are going to ...
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What jurisdiction applies to invasions of privacy on social media? [duplicate]

Suppose user "M", a resident of Maine, posts on Facebook photos or other material that constitute invasion of privacy for user "W", a resident of Washington. Suppose also that the assertion of ...
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Can a public school in the USA force a 14yr old to create a Twitter account for a passing grade?

My youngest is a freshman & signed up for a program the school refers to as "co-lab". At my insistence. 2yrs ago, I attended a board meeting where the formation of the program was introduced. At ...
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Can an employer reprimand an employee for posting negative reviews on social media?

If an employee posts on social media that a company is bad to work for, can they get fired or reprimanded for it? What if they gave specific examples, like how the employer reduced their wage without ...
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Does LinkedIn act illegally if asking me whether I want to share my email contacts and send them invitations?

From time to time LinkedIn asks me whether I would like upload emails of my contacts. In terms of GDPR I would say it is not allowed action if I do not have signatures of my contacts that they agree I ...
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Are teachers allowed to require students to create a social media account when an option like Remind already exists?

I am very reluctant to create social media accounts. I once had to create an account for Instagram as an optional assignment. However, one of my teachers is requiring us to follow their Facebook ...
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Tracking twitter ip address

Situation: Someone has been calling me a slut on twitter with a fake profile and harassing me. I am based in LA and I have no idea where the fake profile is from. Can I take any legal action against ...
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What probable risks are there to copyright violation?

Imagine you make a comment on Twitter or Reddit. I take an image of your comment (I might blurry your personal info), and post the image on my (commercial) website. You are the copyright owner of ...
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Is it legal to fake a social media post?

There are many fake social media post generators out there, so that you can generate a fake twitter tweet or a fake whatsapp message and so on. See e.g. this: http://simitator.com/generator/twitter/...
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Can a platform become a publisher through it's actions?

Platforms such as social media sites are protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, this allows platforms to avoid liability for most content posted by its users. Publishers, on ...
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Is it legal to quote a copyrighted work in a tweet?

For example, if you want to tweet a humorous riff on a certain William Carlos Williams poem, would that actually be legal? Examples (though I don't mean to single anyone out): https://twitter.com/...
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Lawsuits over fake social media content

Someone developed a social media network that permits users to post local news/events and information. What are the legal ramifications toward the developer if someone uses the platform as a way to ...
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Are private social-media companies violating our Free Speech rights?

There's been a lot of talk about social media companies like Facebook, and their occasional removal of user content. This removal is unilateral and not subject to any sort of judicial review, so it's ...
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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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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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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 ...