Thursday, October 23, 2008

SNS revisited (not) again!

Social networking websites (SNS) have been the subject of much discussion, and given the numerous views about the benefits and negativities of this, the recent debates, however, is of interest. Given the high level of engagement, one is certainly drawn to the view that there is enough literature, and warnings about the potential negativities of SNS, such that it is fair to argue that users enter SNS at their own risk. Discussion about the current legal framework particularly with the recent case of Firsht v. Raphael [2008] EWHC 1781 (brief commentary here) have already shown repercussions. The law has not been slow to respond and provides an element of certainty on this. According to Facebook, reactions to the case:
Facebook was reported to have stated in a statement following the reporting of the court’s decision, “Facebook does not permit fake profiles on its site. Fake profiles are an abuse of our terms of use and they will be removed… When fake profiles are reported we thoroughly investigate and remove profiles found to be in violation of our terms of use – just as we did in the case of Mathew Fircsht [sic].
Actual case details can be found here. In the meantime, for those who wish to follow up on the recent debates on social networking, worth visiting here for a starting point.

Update: Out-Law Press release on SNS ground rules

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