In today’s daily news summary of Digital Legal issues online, the BBC leads with news that the DVLA has suspended 7 members of staff for making inappropriate comments on Facebook. Access to the social networking site is restricted at the DVLA’s offices so this activity will have taken place either by the employees on their personal machines at home or on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. However wherever the comments were put onto Facebook is irrelevant in this instance, it is that the comments have referred either to the DVLA or to other colleagues that will have led to the suspensions. Another example of the need for effective Social Media staff policies to be in place for all organisations that employ staff.
The Telegraph today also highlights concerns raised over images of anorexics being posted on Instagram, where other users can encourage or in other instances Troll against users who are likely to be already vulnerable. While the article focuses on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter can also be vehicles for such activity, but there is little that could be done to actively regulate it.
The Metro also asks if the Social Media “wave ” has peaked, as more people and businesses reconsider the resources that are being committed to social media for marketing given the returns are not as great as some proponents of Social Media would sometimes have us believe. However the same points could probably be made about most marketing campaigns in general. The leading social media marketing campaigns of 2012 are also profiled below.
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Please let me know below if you see any other Digital Law related news online today