Facebook Faces State and Federal Antitrust Suits

Facebook, the largest social media company in the world, is facing both federal and state antitrust lawsuits for alleged anti-competitive business practices. The lawsuits allege that the social media giant has abused its influence in the market to choke out competition and keep itself dominant in the tech industry. If the lawsuits are successful, it could force the company to divest itself of some of its assets, including other social media platforms it has acquired over time. Continue reading “Facebook Faces State and Federal Antitrust Suits”

FTC Calls Use of Bots in Advertising a “Deceptive Practice”

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has sent a report to Congress on the use of social media bots in online advertising. Based on their observations, the FTC says that the use of these bots may constitute a “deceptive practice” under certain circumstances. This means that any person or company that uses bots for illicit purposes may be opening themselves to legal liability at some point. Continue reading “FTC Calls Use of Bots in Advertising a “Deceptive Practice””

Estate Planning and Your Digital Assets

As our world becomes more virtual, so do the assets we own. Therefore, when making an estate plan, it is important not to overlook the digital assets you own as well. These assets include intellectual property, social media profiles, emails, credit card points, smartphones, or online storage and hardware. Most of these are locked using a password that only you know, so planning who will be able to gain access in the future is important. Continue reading “Estate Planning and Your Digital Assets”

Social Media May Leave Employers Vulnerable

Social media has been integrated into all aspects of American society, including within the workplace. Employers must be mindful of social media policies and practices as applied to employment issues protected under the National Labor Regulations Board (NLRB) as well as any other regulatory government agencies. Continue reading “Social Media May Leave Employers Vulnerable”

For Better or For Worse: Divorce and Social Media

Social media networks and digital communication have altered 21st-century relationships. Designed as a means of bringing people together, more couples today are contributing to their breakups or divorces by posting nasty comments about each other on social media. Many couples are unaware of the consequences these posts have on divorce settlement negotiations as well. Continue reading “For Better or For Worse: Divorce and Social Media”