Social Media and the Law - Press Association

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW

In the digital age, everyone is a publisher. We are all at risk from the same laws that cover the media. A single Tweet could cost your organisation thousands of pounds in damages and could even land the sender in jail. This one-day course will ensure you know what’s safe and what isn’t.

This course is for anyone who Tweets, posts to Facebook or uses social media in a professional or personal capacity. People responsible for their organisation’s social media management and compliance.

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COURSE OUTLINE

Legal overview

  • The courts’ view of social media
  • Libel
  • Contempt of court
  • Privacy
  • Copyright

Risks posed by particular social media platforms

  • Various platforms and their vulnerabilities to the law
  • Case studies showing how the law has been broken
  • Emerging platforms and issues with their use
  • Differing demographics and their use of social media

Where does liability lie?

  • Liability for company accounts
  • Liability for personal accounts
  • Disclaimers – does ‘my views not those of my employer’ protect the company, or its staff?

Managing social media engagement

  • Social media guidelines and policies
  • Drafting your own policy
  • Examples of good and bad practice
  • Encouraging engagement while avoiding risk

How to manage anti-social behaviour

  • Trolling, what it is and who it affects
  • How to handle trolls
  • Using social media platforms’ anti-abuse functions
  • When to involve police of other agencies
  • How to support staff who are trolled
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All courses can be run at the Press Association offices

in London, Victoria or on your own premises.

If you have any further questions contact us on

+44 (0)20 7963 7920
training@pressassociation.com

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