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Defamation on Social Media – A Refresher

31st January 2024|Litigation, Social Media law|

In a recent Free State High Court case, Itumele Bus Lines (Pty) Ltd t/a Interstate Bus Lines v Transport and Allied Workers Union of South Africa and Others [2008] ZALC 207, a self-proclaimed “public transport activist” has been ordered to remove certain defamatory publications from his social media. The Respondent, Mr Msabe, made various public

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Kim Kardashian’s Krypto Trouble Should Be A Warning To You

18th July 2023|ICT Law, Social Media law|

Reality star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian recently found herself in legal trouble in the United States after endorsing the high-risk cryptocurrency EthereumMax (“Emax”) to her millions of followers on Instagram. Since her endorsement, EMAX’s value has plummeted which led to the US Securities and Exchanges Commission bringing charges against Kim. The problem lies in the

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Social Media Policy – Do we really need one?

23rd January 2023|Social Media law|

Social media is essentially the online community where your customers, partners, suppliers, and stakeholders camp out to share information, promote products and services, and exchange opinions and experiences (possibly about your organisation). As an organisation, you must recognise the limits and risks of social media, and how it can affect your brand, public image, and

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The consequences of the Cybercrimes Act on Social Media (ab)use

10th June 2021|Cyber Crime and Insurance, ICT Law, Social Media law|

The President has finally signed the Cybercrimes Bill into law after a long legislative process. The Cybercrimes Act (the Act) focuses mainly on criminalising the interference with computer systems and data, which is described in more detail in Andrew Marshall’s article on the subject. However, the Act also has bearing on the way we use

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The Importance of a Social Media Policy

13th October 2020|ICT Law, ICT Law, Social Media law|

Social media has become an indispensable part of communicating and doing business in modern life. The reality is that most employees are likely to use at least one social media platform and have a social media personality that extends outside the parameters of their workplace. Employers are encouraged to have a social media policy in

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How consumer protection and advertising practices affect Social Media Influencers in South Africa

2nd October 2018|Articles, Social Media law|

We all know that brands like Adidas, Nike, Fenty and Dior partner up with social media influencers who have credibility in a particular industry and a large following to promote the brand to their followers. The influencer gets paid in cash or kind and the brand in return receives a personal advertisement to thousands of

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