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Professor Ian Walden comments on the legal dilemmas spawning from social media

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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.