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Coalition of State Attorneys General Investigate Tiktok’s Potential Harm to Children and Teens

European Union, USA - May 17 2022 In early March 2022, a coalition of state Attorneys General launched an investigation of TikTok to determine whether the social media platform, which…

Social Links: behavioral targeting under scrutiny from lawmakers

USA - April 4 2022 Lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to take aim at social media platforms that collect and use personal information that build algorithms to target…

Facebook rebrands as “Meta;” disables facial recognition capabilities

China, USA - December 21 2021 In late October, Facebook announced that it would change its name to Meta, signaling a shift of the social media giant’s focus toward the metaverse…

District court enjoins controversial Texas House Bill 20

USA - December 15 2021 Over the past several years, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the federal law that provides social media platforms with immunity from…

Clubhouse faces steep challenges in spite of new features and expanded access

USA - August 17 2021 Clubhouse, the former invitation-only social media darling that captured the attention of investors, social media early adopters, and competitors…

Northern District of California Holds that Section 230 Applies to App Store

USA - June 9 2021 While Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act continues to face significant calls for reform or even elimination, the recent Coffee v. Google…

Mitigating user content risk after EU copyright directive

European Union - June 3 2021 Until now, throughout the European Union, platforms hosting user-uploaded content have profited from the safe harbor privilege under the EU E-Commerce…

Ninth Circuit’s Snap Decision Limits Section 230 Immunity

USA - May 18 2021 A recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Lemmon v. Snap provides a reminder that while Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act…

Who Do You Know? Contacts Access and Data Privacy Issues in Burgeoning Social Media Apps.

USA - March 29 2021 We’ve all been there: How many times have we downloaded a new social media app, only to have one of the sign-up steps ask for access to our contacts…

Role Reversal: Ninth Circuit Rejects Consumer’s Attempt to Enforce Updated Arbitration Provision in Website Terms of Use

USA - January 20 2021 In Stover v. Experian Holdings, the Ninth Circuit decided an issue of first impression for the circuit, holding that a party’s single visit to a…