Law and Social Media: Think twice before you Tweet

We’ve come across an interesting article about how the use of social media will be an ever-growing presence in law cases over the next few years as it becomes more and more popular. We’ve certainly become aware of more cases recently involving the use of Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media and it seems this is set to grow.

According to the article by Paul Thomas at WKYC.com, Francine D. Ward, a Californian attorney warns, “We’re at an unknown place when it comes to social media. Courts don’t even know how to handle this stuff yet because it’s so new”.

Ward’s focus is on social media in the legal system and cautions that making statements allegedly as a piece of truth and publishing to a third party can land you in trouble. If what you say is defamatory, against somebody’s reputation and is proven to be false you could be facing court.

We hear more and more about celebrity cases involving social media but of course it goes on in everyday life with non-celebs too. Maybe we should all be thinking twice about our tweets and other forms of social media, and pause before we publish. Sometimes a remark that could be off the cuff or in jest can look another way entirely when in print.

Have you any experiences of social media and the law? We’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this. For full article go to WKYC.com.