Professor Ian Walden comments on the legal dilemmas spawning from social media
Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law and Head of CCLS, commented on the legal dilemmas spawning from social media in Law Gazette. Walden said media law was once a ‘relatively clean subject’ but has been blurred by the rise of social media and services spanning multiple regulatory areas. He points to Netflix, both a broadcaster and online programme service, and YouTube, which both broadcasts programmes and offers user-generated content. However, he argues that making social media companies ‘publishers’ and so liable for content could have a detrimental impact on freedom of expression. Read the full article.