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Social Media Risk and the Law: A Guide for Global Communicators

ISBN13: 9781032017990
Published: September 2021
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
Price: £34.99

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Social media has many advantages for professional communication – but it also carries considerable risks, including legal pitfalls. This book equips students and communication professionals with the knowledge and skills to help minimise the risks that can arise when they post or host on social media. It offers them strategies for taking advantage of the opportunities of social media while also navigating the ethical, legal, and organisational risks that can lead to audience outrage, brand damage, expensive litigation and communication crises. The book uses stakeholder theory and risk analysis tools to anticipate, identify, address and balance these opportunities and risks. It takes a global approach to risk and social media law, drawing on fascinating case studies from key international jurisdictions to explain and illustrate the basic principles.

Whether you are a corporate communicator, social media manager, journalist, marketer, blogger or student you will find this book an essential addition to your professional library as the first reference point when social media and legal risks arise.

IT, Internet and Artificial Intelligence Law
Part 1 – Social media law and risk management: introduction and context
Chapter 1 – Introduction – defining the boundaries of the theory and practice of social media risk
Chapter 2 – Theory into practice: why is stakeholder theory important?
Chapter 3 – Risk management theories and practice in social media
Part 2 – Social media attributes contributing to opportunity and risk
Chapter 4 – The role of the audience: embracing the opportunities that social media presents
Chapter 5 – Managing legal risk in a wired world: general and specific approaches to
minimising damage for stakeholders 
Part 3 – Brand and reputational opportunity and risk
Chapter 6 – Brand, reputational management and defamation on social media 
Chapter 7 – Crisis communication and reporting
Part 4 – Risks at the intersection of human rights, law and ethics
Chapter 8 – Privacy in social media
Chapter 9 – See you in court: fair coverage versus a fair trial
Part 5 – Legal risks of social media in business
Chapter 10 – Employment law – private versus professional social media risk
Chapter 11 – Consumer and corporate law and social media 
Chapter 12 – Intellectual property law and plagiarism