How lawyers use Facebook: Tips to minimize legal risks of social networking


This article provides a brief checklist of some of the salient legal issues that those who use social networking sites must consider, with the goal of increasing familiarity with and sensitivity to these issues so that preventive steps can be taken before a problem develops:

Are you violating anyone's copyright?
Are you violating anyone's trademark rights?
Are you invading anyone's personal privacy?
Are you breaching any confidentiality agreements or professional obligations?
Are you defaming anyone?
Are you running afoul of advertising restrictions?
Are you violating applicable regulatory requirements?
Have you made promises to others on your page?
Have you incorporated qualified language and appropriate disclaimers?
Are you regularly monitoring your page/profile?

Minimizing the Legal Risks of Using Online Social Networks. Lawrence Savell, 2010.
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