Here is a quick update on the legal considerations of social media that I presented to my class this week. Â It’s a dangerous world online. This presentation covers some of the issues that you may not even consider within your organization.
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Factors to Consider When Drafting the Social Media Policy
1. Copyright Concerns – Is the information that you are posting protected by copyright? If so, are there any exceptions? Can you use aÂ Creative CommonsÂ license to use Â the content?
2. Defamation – Considerations about libel lawsuits in social media.
3. Disclosure and Terms of Service – Are you being paid for this advertisement? If so, are you disclosing that?
4. Privacy – Are you invading someone’s privacy by posting that Instagram? Are you abusing someone else’s privacy by sharing information that was not intended for broadcast?
5. Business Torts – Are your trade secrets protected or being shared on social media? Is someone using social media to induce someone to breach a contract?
6. Liability for Blog Comments – Generally, the owner of the blog is not liable for the comments posted on the blog unless the blog owner alters the contents of the comment in some way, which â€œre-publishesâ€ the material.
7. Employment Discrimination – Are hiring decisions being made based on information gathered from social media sites?
8. Misuse of Accounts – Have Hootsuite packed with all your personal and professional social media accounts. What if the wrong message goes to your audience?
9. Vicarious Liability – When looking for someone to sue, follow the money. Vicarious liability imputes the liability of theÂ individualÂ to their employer.
Approach to Create Your Social Media Policy
2. Build with a team from the company.
3. Follow industry regulations. FTC, SEC, FDA.
5. Decide whether to build a guideline or policy, or both.
6. Have an attorney review and modify the policy.
Finally, Considerations to cover :
- Have the employee review and sign the agreement.
- Clearly define â€œwhoâ€ may speak on behalf of the company.
- Protect proprietary / confidential information.
- Advise employee about copyright infringement.
- Clearly define â€œscopeâ€ of behavior.
- Establish editorial process around publication.
- Safeguard against multiple account management.
- Clear engagement rules for recruiting.
- Clear engagement rules for angry customers.
If you would like to see the deck, you can find it here: