When Social Media Becomes an Oxymoron, Part II: Student Free Speech and Substantial Disruption

Student social media use has resulted in school concerns regarding harassment (particularly, cyberbullying), creation of a substantial disruption or material interference in the school, and a marked increase in what may be termed “true threats,” this latter topic the focus of this article.

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AGs Demand Answers from Facebook

As the chief law enforcement officers of our respective states, we place a priority on protecting user privacy, which has been repeatedly placed at risk because of businesses’ failure to properly ensure those protections.

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Social Media for Your Attorney General’s Office

This course covers writing great tweets, livestreaming and producing videos, designing graphics, understanding analytics, and more. The presenter discusses how to handle social media for an attorney general office, how to grow your monthly Facebook reach and Twitter impressions, and answer social media questions.

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Attorneys General Raise Concern About Illegal Alcohol Sales Online

Social media and digital platforms have become interwoven into the fabric of our society. Consumers have become increasingly dependent on the broad access to goods for sale through these mediums. Unfortunately, the near unlimited access to goods has increasingly exposed consumers, including minors, to unlicensed sales of alcohol and counterfeit products. We are seeking your assistance to address some of the challenges to consumer protection associated with online marketplaces and to improve the legitimacy of these sales.

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Notice Issues in the Age of Social Media

Read carefully, Mullane requires that courts must constantly examine the methods of notice they are using and rethink their approach to giving notice.

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When Social Media Becomes an Oxymoron, Part I: Free Speech, True Threats, & “Just Kidding”

With increased concerns over school security, public schools implementing state laws may find themselves running afoul of constitutional rights of students. This increasingly draws attorneys general into the fray. Social media use by students raises important questions as to whether or to what extent public schools may discipline students for threats posted on social media. The first in a two-part series.

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State AGs Demand Answers About Facebook User Privacy Policies and Practices

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter today to Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg asking him to answer a series of questions about Facebook’s user privacy policies and practices following reports that at least 50 million Facebook personal profiles may have been misused. Reports allege that Facebook gave away…

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Social Media is the New Town Square: The Difficulty in Blocking Access to Public Accounts

Advising public officials on the use and misuse of social media must take into account constituents' First Amendment right to access and comment. Determining whether a social media post is "official" or "personal," determining how officials can limit comments, and learning platforms' methodology for limiting contacts are essential components to determine how this new "public space" for discussion can be regulated.

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Status Update on Authenticating Social Media Evidence: The Three Primary Approaches Applied Nationally

This article presents a detailed overview of the current and conflicting state of the law regarding authentication standards for admitting social networking records.

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Ethics Corner: Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls in Using Social Media

This is an ongoing column exploring various ethical topics relevant to attorneys general and other government attorneys. Look for the Ethics Corner in each issue of the quarterly NAGTRI Journal.

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