Laws in the Limelight: The Legal Drama of Social Media

  • Dhanshree Mishra
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  • Dhanshree Mishra

    Student at Thakur Ramnarayan College of Law, India

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The advent of social media has significantly transformed communication, business, and personal interactions, offering unprecedented opportunities for expression and connectivity. However, this rapid evolution has also introduced a complex array of legal challenges that regulators, companies, and users must navigate. This paper explores the multifaceted legal landscape of social media, focusing on four primary areas: privacy, freedom of speech, intellectual property, and cybersecurity. Privacy concerns are paramount, as social media platforms collect vast amounts of personal data, often without clear user consent. The implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe has set a global benchmark for data protection, influencing how social media companies handle user data. High-profile cases, such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal, underscore the urgent need for stringent data protection measures. Freedom of speech on social media platforms presents a dichotomy, balancing the right to express oneself with the necessity of moderating harmful content. This tension is exemplified by debates over content moderation policies implemented by platforms like Twitter and Facebook, which aim to curb hate speech and misinformation while avoiding censorship. Intellectual property rights are frequently challenged by the sharing-centric nature of social media. Copyright infringement and trademark misuse are common issues, prompting the development of automated systems to detect and manage IP violations. Companies face the ongoing challenge of protecting their intellectual property in a dynamic online environment. Cybersecurity remains a critical concern, as social media platforms are frequent targets for cyberattacks. High-profile data breaches, such as the 2018 Facebook data leak, highlight the need for robust cybersecurity measures and regulatory frameworks like the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) to enhance data protection and trust. This paper provides a comprehensive overview of these key legal issues, examining landmark cases, legislation, and regulatory responses. It underscores the importance of evolving legal frameworks to keep pace with technological advancements and societal changes, ensuring the protection of user rights and the promotion of responsible business practices.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 3, Page 4332 - 4341


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