Six states now prohibit employers or educational institutions from requiring employees or students to provide access to their social media accounts: California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan and New Jersey.
A Massachusetts judge’s refusal to issue an injunction in a suit involving a car dealership allegedly defamed by the relatives of an ex-employee demonstrates the struggle for courts that are asked to strike a balance between the First Amendment and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Given the current explosion of social media use, it’s more important than ever for lawyers and their firms to be part of the conversation.
There’s a nifty new resource available for free download: “Twitter for Small Business – a Guide to Get Started.”
The authors should know a bit about how to use the ubiquitous social-media service to its maximum potential; the guide is published by Twitter itself.
Here are some highlights from the 21-page booklet.
The use of social media by lawyers – including blogs and social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter – is continuing to increase, according to the annual technology survey conducted by the American Bar Association.
Employers would be unable to “compel or coerce” employees into providing access to their social media accounts under proposed federal legislation.
In-house attorneys are using social media more today than they were in 2010, according to a new survey.
A capital murder defendant is entitled to a new trial based on a juror who fell asleep and another who tweeted during the trial.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has turned to Twitter to increase online access to rulings and other court information.
In the continuing stream of cases dealing with Facebook firings, a car dealership that fired a salesman who complained on Facebook about his employer’s choice of fare at a party did not violate his rights, an Administrative Law Judge of the National Labor Relations Board has ruled.