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How to Stop (and Remove) Online Impersonations on Social Media, Other Websites

Professionals and companies are being harmed online and on social media in a number of ways. One increasingly common form of online harassment is impersonation of the person (or company) that the harasser is intending to harm through the creation of fake public personas on social media platforms or websites. Major...

How to Remove Harassment, Other Harmful Internet and Social Media Postings

Minutes, if not seconds, is all it takes for someone to cause harm to another person on the internet. Whether a single posting on social media or another online forum, or a full-fledged harassment campaign consisting of numerous postings on various platforms, it is extremely easy today to cause damage...

How to Report Trademark, Other IP Infringement on Facebook

Outside of handling internet defamation matters and protecting businesses from product diversion/unauthorized online sales, we are often asked about a number of other internet-related issues, including removing intellectual property (IP) infringement from social media websites. One common forum in which we often see IP infringement issues arise is on Facebook....

Supreme Court Rules in Threatening Facebook ‘Rap Lyrics’ Case Elonis v. United States

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man previously convicted for posting a series of Facebook posts appearing to threaten his now-ex wife and others.  The high court ruled in Elonis v. United States that it was not enough to convict Elonis without consideration...

How to Remove Private or Embarrassing Photos from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

People today love sharing photographs of themselves and their whereabouts. And today’s technology makes it so easy.  While there are numerous websites and apps that make this possible, among the most popular are Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  This trio ranks second, eighth, and twenty-fourth, respectively on Alexa.com’s rankings of top...

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Threatening Facebook ‘Rap Lyrics’ Case

The United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case concerning threatening “rap lyrics” posted to Facebook.  The Supreme Court’s ruling on what constitutes a criminal threat on social media – which is not expected until sometime in 2015 – has potential consequences for the way people express themselves...

How to Deal With an ‘Impostor Timeline,’ Potential Defamation on Facebook

It is not uncommon for people to create fake social media profiles of celebrities and other public figures. Unfortunately, some people also imitate non-public figures, often for harassment purposes. This is especially problematic on Facebook, which refers to these accounts as “impostor Timelines.” According to Facebook, there are 1.23 billion...