Social media and the law : a guidebook for communication students and professionals

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  • Creator edited by Daxton R. Stewart
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Second edition. New York, NY ; London : Routledge, 2017.
  • Physical Details
    • xiv, 283 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9781138695771, 1138695777, 9781138695788, 1138695785, 9781315526133
  • OCLC ocn953618029


  • Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat allow users to connect with one another and share information with the click of a mouse or a tap on a touchscreen--and have become vital tools for professionals in the news and strategic communication fields. But as rapidly as these services have grown in popularity, their legal ramifications aren't widely understood. Including two new chapters that examine First Amendment issues and ownership of social media accounts and content, Social Media and the Law brings together thirteen media law scholars to address these questions and more, including current issues like copyright, online impersonation, anonymity, cyberbullying, sexting, and live streaming. Students and professional communicators alike need to be aware of laws relating to defamation, privacy, intellectual property, and government regulation--and this guidebook is here to help them navigate the tricky legal terrain of social media.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • New boundaries of free speech in social media / Jennifer Jacobs Henderson -- Defamation / Derigan Silver -- Privacy and terms of use / Woodrow Hartzog -- Intellectual property / Kathleen K. Olson -- Commercial speech in a social space / Courtney Barclay -- Account ownership and control / Jasmine McNealy -- Government information and leaks / David Cuillier -- Student speech / Dan V. Kozlowski -- Obscenity, revenge pornography, and cyberbullying / Amy Kristin Sanders -- Social media use in courtrooms / Cathy Packer -- Social media policies for journalists / Daxton R. Stewart -- Social media policies for advertising and public relations / Holly Kathleen Hall -- The future of discourse in online spaces / Jared Schroeder