Social media



Advocate General Szpunar: Facebook must identify all copies of comments found to be defamatory

According to Advocate General Szpunar, Facebook can be ordered to seek and identify all comments identical to a defamatory comment that has been found to be illegal, and equivalent comments in so far as the latter originate from the same user. In the present case, the EU law relied on does not regulate the question whether Facebook can be ordered to delete the comments at issue worldwide.

Published 5 June 2019

Supreme Court: Facebook loses appeal against decision to refer data protection case to CJEU

Facebook has lost an appeal against the decision to refer a complaint about EU-US data transfer to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling.

Published 4 June 2019

Ciaran O'Shiel: Social media and the 'ordinary reasonable reader'

Ciaran O'Shiel, associate in IP, media and data disputes at A&L Goodbody in Belfast, considers the consequences of a recent judgment of the UK Supreme Court.

Published 21 May 2019

Media lawyers warn of unintended consequences of proposed EU ban on social media anonymity

Proposals backed by a senior European politician to ban anonymity on social media could have an adverse impact on people living under repressive regimes, media lawyers in Ireland have warned.

Published 20 May 2019

Government sets out plans to regulate social media companies and tech firms

The UK Government has proposed the creation of an independent regulator as part of a series of measures to ensure social media companies and tech firms keep their users safe, including possible liability for individual members of senior management.

Published 8 April 2019

Herbert Smith Freehills assists children's charity with proposal to regulate social media

International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has assisted a children's charity to develop proposals for the statutory regulation of social media companies.

Published 13 February 2019

Dissident republican party launches legal action against Facebook

A dissident republican political party has launched legal action against social media giant Facebook over allegations of "censorship".

Published 31 January 2019