Social Media Law Blog

10 Nov 2021
The EU anti-trust case against Google-the latest chapter

Today, the European General Court upheld a 2017 anti-trust ruling by the European Commission which imposed on Google a fine of $2.8 billion following a finding of anti-competitive conduct by the internet giant Why the decision against Google is important Google has lost its appeal against a $2.8 billion fine, which was imposed on it […]

29 Sep 2021
YouTube deletes RT News Channels

YouTube deletes 2 news channels depriving 500,000,000 viewers of news choice YouTube has permanently deleted two news channels, which appear to have reported news in a manner disagreeable to YouTube. Both news channels, which between them share more than half a billion viewers are sister stations of Russian RT News. The news channels broadcast in […]

11 Jun 2021
Is online content removal influenced by politics?

Do social media companies discriminate against Russian generated content and if so, who has to pay the price? Yair Cohen explains in a live interview

06 Jun 2021
Senate Bill 7072 Florida

The aim of Senate Bill 7072 Florida (SB 7072) is to create a fairer competing environment for political candidates in Florida.

06 Jun 2021
The US to give ransomware threat same priority as terrorism

Internal security organisations in the US, have requested powers to allow them handle ransomware threat the same they handle terrorism.

28 Apr 2021
Apple fined $12M in Russia over alleged app market abuse

Apple fined for anti-competitive behaviour. Earlier this week, Apple was fined by the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service for gaining an unfair advantage over other companies, through its app store.

17 Apr 2021
Biden v Knight First Amendment Institute and Twitter’s right to exclude users

Biden v Knight First Amendment Institute, summary of the facts of the case. The case was first brought on behalf of Twitter users who objected to the right of President Donald Trump to block them. The core complaint was that the President’s Twitter account was an “official” account and that the comments section on his Twitter account was a “constitutionally protected public forum

06 Mar 2021
Why India farmers protest is supported by social media giants

Why India farmers protest is supported by social media giants

23 Feb 2021
Does Facebook deliberately promote Chaos

There are political ideologies that thrive on chaos. What if one day (or perhaps already) Facebook decides to adopt one of those ideologies and start using its power and influence to promote and spread chaos in some countries or around the world.

05 Feb 2021
Why the police must have little tolerance towards online trolls

Yesterday I gave an interview to BBC Scotland where I explained why the government must take a tougher approach and prosecute people who commit harassment on social media. This was after reports by NHS nurses of the spill of the harassment against them to offline, with nurses being abused on the street. The advice given […]

18 Jun 2020
Why spying on your employees working from home might not be such as a good idea

Tool lets the boss watch
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01 Jun 2020
Breach of privacy after a post on a private Facebook Group court case

In the case where damages awarded for breach of privacy on Facebook, it was shown that even when family members share information among themselves (only 35 people had access to the information), where the information is considered to be privacy

28 Apr 2020
Why European governments are reluctant to use mobile phone tracking apps during COVID19

Tracing apps are playing a significant role in some countries in combating COVID-19. There is no doubt that COVID-19 has given a huge boost to some technological advances but more importantly, the virus has created a public readiness to accept them.

23 Apr 2020
Breach of privacy of children when parents post images of minors on social media

What are the legal consequences of parents posting images and other private information about their young children on the internet

08 Apr 2020
What are the legal risks for parents who post images of their children on social media

As our lives become more isolated and the amount of time we spend on social media is soaring, we start quickly to run out of original things to post. Thank God, though, that there are children in this world. No matter where you put them, they will always come up with something funny, creative and […]

26 Feb 2020
Identifying online trolls would curtail bullying

‘It could be a very simple process,’ says Yair Cohen, Internet Law Expert

25 Feb 2020
Celebrity harassment, vulnerability and online anonymity

The internet is allowing all type of vultures to take advantage of celebrities’ vulnerability. Celebrity harassment lawyer Yair Cohen says harassment of celebrities online is permitted because we encourage anonymous speech online

01 Jan 2020
Is Facebook a publisher?

The truth of the matter is that Facebook is now a “publisher” and as such it can be sued, at least in the UK for

01 Nov 2019
Twitter, Facebook, Political Ads and Mission Statements

At times of trouble, when important decisions need to be made, within the organisation about a critical topic, the place to turn to for the right answer is the mission statement. Mission statements are a way get everyone focused on the right direction, and they play a part in helping a business make sound long-term decisions.

11 Sep 2019
Why homophobic hate crime has surged in England and Wales

Solicitor Yair Cohen speaks to BBC Radio Kent about The rate of homophobic hate crimes in the UK, including stalking and online harassment, has more than doubled over the past five years, with Kent police reporting a staggering 400% increase in reported cases.

09 Sep 2019
Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson Trolling

I don’t know Jesy Nelson, but I feel both, relieved and delighted that she had found the courage to speak out about her experience to the BBC. I am absolutely sure that actions will save lives

03 Sep 2019
Law Society Lawyer of the Year Finalist Interview: Yair Cohen

Introducing the Solicitor of the Year – Private Practice Shortlist: Q&A with Yair Cohen, Partner at Cohen Davis Solicitors

27 Aug 2019
Social media platforms need to be made accountable for the amplification of hate speech

Yair Cohen talked on Al Jazeera earlier this month about the online gaming message board 8chan, which became a haven for extremist content. Social media platforms to be accountable for amplifying hate speech from Yair Cohen Solicitor on Vimeo. 8chan is where the suspect of the El Paso Shooting is believed to have posted a […]

27 Aug 2019
Facebook’s new tool isn’t a remedy for privacy concerns

‘There’s no way out’, says Yair Cohen, Social Media Expert Yair Cohen Live on RT International Facebook new privacy tool Off-Facebook activity from Yair Cohen Solicitor on Vimeo. Earlier this week, Facebook introduced a new privacy feature that will give users clearer information from apps and websites they browse outside of the social network and […]

18 Jul 2019
Why is our government slowly turning into a Facebook

Artificial intelligence might be great for Facebook and particularly for boosting up its advertising revenue. However, let’s remember that history is full of examples of individuals who did exceptional things under exceptional circumstances because they managed to change. They managed to change what they were statistically meant to become, and they did this by challenging themselves.

17 Jul 2019
Facebook launches ads scam report tool following defamation lawsuit

It’s an industry wide problem but will the big tech giants ever understand the reach of the damage that their negligent behaviour can cause? Facebook has created a reporting tool for scam adverts and donated £3m to Citizens Advice for an anti-scan project called Scams Action. The project was launched by Facebook after they agreed to […]

10 Jul 2019
Instagram declare war on bullying to avoid Government regulations

Instagram has introduced two new systems using artificial intelligence. One, which will be known as Comment Warning, will be responding to comments that will prompt the encouragement of rewording if abuse Yair Cohen says to BBC World

05 Jul 2019
Simone Burns death-free speech or freedom from harassment

Simone Burns death. What impact can sharing such material have on an individual and what can be done to limit the distress and damaged

03 Jul 2019
Can Twitter censorship of politicians’ tweets ever be justified?

Yair Cohen , Social Media Lawyer, discusses Twitter’s recent decision of hiding harmful tweets by politicians

27 Jun 2019
Perhaps Facebook does not really want content on its platform to be moderated

In an interview with RT News, Yair Cohen – Internet Law and Social Media Lawyer, discusses alongside Bill Merr, a privacy campaigner, the recent revelation about Facebook’s moderator contractors’ poor working conditions and what Facebook could possibly do to improve working conditions.

18 Jun 2019
What the US Government is hoping to achieve with the Antitrust Probe

US Congress launches Big Tech Antitrust Probe The federal government is warming up its antitrust enforcement machine and is likely to be in the first stages of a ‘top-to-bottom review of the market power’ and is pointing it at the giant tech platforms – Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple. The anti-trust probe has been initiated […]

06 Jun 2019
Why regulating social media companies could prevent self harm and suicide among young children

In the UK, there are no specific laws to shield social media companies from being held accountable for the material which is published on their platforms. The courts, however, have largely allowed them to get away with claims that they are not “publishers” but only provide

07 May 2019
Why does Facebook ban right-wing extremists

The government will eventually, like it or not, police the internet. This is inevitable. The recently published White Paper which warned internet companies very clearly of its intention to set up a new internet regulator is an indication of what social media companies should expect to see in the future. How powerful this regulator will be, will largely depend on how genuine social media companies’ effort to combat intolerance, prevent self-harm and decrease the amount of fake news is.

07 May 2019
Bloomberg’s suspicions on Huawei’s hidden ‘back doors’ could be politically motivated

Bloomberg have reported that Vodafone had discovered ‘hidden back doors’ in Huawei’s home equipment, including an internet router in 2009/2010, that would allow the Chinese company unauthorised access to user’s home and business fixed line networks in Italy. Vodafone has admitted vulnerabilities, which were identified by independent security testing initiated by Vodafone as part of […]

15 Apr 2019
Who is really responsible for protecting children’s safety on the internet and is the criticism that the social media companies are getting at the moment Justified?

Internet police author Yair Cohen says I am often asked, how much of a responsibility do we as internet users have, to police the internet ourselves and decide whether we are going to watch certain images or share horror films of live events. After all, the more we share the more we encourage others to commit social media atrocities.
This is a very interesting question. It is easy to blame us, the people, for our part in watching and sharing horrific images via social media. At the same time, people should not be judged too harshly in this regard because after all, we are only human. When we see something that is shocking, something t

28 Mar 2019
Freedom of Speech and Online Harassment

Why is it that people feel that they can say what they want about people on the internet that they wouldn’t necessarily say to someone’s face?. It broadly goes back to the early days of the internet, where there was a perception that the internet was outside the scope of regulations and policing. It was […]

19 Mar 2019
Can the internet ever be policed?

This week, Yair Cohen was interviewed on Al Jazeera TV and was asked by the host: ‘Do you think that the expectations of the egalitarian nature of the internet were too high?’ Yair: ‘I think that the internet, in the early days, was seen almost as an anarchistic place. The idea of the bureaucracy meant […]

07 Mar 2019
More hope under a Right to be Forgotten

Google is not the sole decision makers of whether you can have information about you removed from the internet under a right to be forgotten. People should not give up so quickly with their applications to remove links from the internet

24 Feb 2019
Should online abuse become a criminal offence?

Katie Price is certainly a controversial figure who doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind. But does this necessarily make her a fair target to online abuse?

She doesn’t think so and i’m supporting her. Katie Price and her children have been suffering from online abuse and harassment far before many members of Parliament started to recognised online harassment and abuse as an issue worth discussing.

22 Feb 2019
Why your child might not be safe on YouTube

To fully understand Google’s culpability, we need to understand Google’s age restrictions policies in relation to YouTube and in relation to Google’s mobile phone operating system Android, which accounts to about 80% of the of the new mobile phone sales and which is where most YouTube videos are being watched.

So, starting with YouTube age restriction policy, and this is this is very important, Google’s officially says that YouTube users must be either 18 years sold, or 13 y

12 Feb 2019
It is possible to regulate the internet despite its global nature

Moving away from self-policing does not necessarily mean the creation of ‘thought police’ or a ‘snooping unit’, but rather it is intended to make people feel safer online and bring our police into the twenty-first century.

15 Jan 2019
Fake news, social media and brainwash

Data collection by social media companies and the misuse of it have been making rounds in the news recently. People love social media because it serves as a platform for free speech and helps them connect with one another.

11 Jan 2019
Should tech companies provide governments with access to encrypted data?

The digital community is coming to earth and rules here may now apply in the online society. How will this change the interactive community? Should you be worried?

26 Dec 2018
Why this year might have signalled the beginning of the end for Facebook’s business model

Internet lawyer Yair Cohen said that Facebook relies on its hugely complicated, ever changing terms and conditions, which it knows nobody reads. Consent needs to be of clear and coherent and informed and anyone who ever tried to look at any of Facebook’s terms and conditions or tried to change the settings of Facebook privacy settings will know that its terms and conditions are anything but coherent and clear.

10 Jul 2018
Lindsey Goldrick Dean Wins Freedom After 13 Years of Harassment

Harassment lawyer Yair Cohen took on the case after the police would not help for nearly 13 years. Paul Currant and Currant Consulting have agreed to pay damages to the their victim and also to pay her legal costs. They also agreed to never harass her again in an order which was approved by the court.

08 Jul 2018
UK police handling of online harassment cases. Do you feel safe?

Victim of online harassment speaks out about her expeirence with the police. Can online harassment victims trust the police to help them? Interview by harassment solicitor Yair Cohen

12 Jun 2018
Administrators of Facebook fan pages are liable under GDPR

Is a Facebook fan page administrator liable under GDPR? according to the European Court, an administrator of a fan page on Facebook is jointly responsible, together with Facebook for processing data of visitors to the Facebook fan page.

23 Apr 2018
Disclosing the identity of internet trolls and cyber-bullies

Interestingly, support for the idea that anonymous posting should be phased out has come from an unexpected source. Back in 2011 Facebook’s former marketing director Randi Zuckerberg and Google head Eric Schmidt have both been quoted to suggest that anonymous posting should be made a thing of the past

02 Apr 2018
Why tech and social media companies should face stricter regulation and pay more tax

Yair Cohen, a partner at Cohen Davis Solicitors, discusses the pros and cons of self-regulation and considers why the current taxation system is unfair. To understand the reasons behind the need to end the special treatment tech and social media companies receive by the UK and other Western governments, both, in terms of general regulations […]

22 Feb 2018
Why Social Media companies remove content and should they do more?

To understand the extent of the neglect of users, one only needs to look at some of the staggering figures which were candidly provided by some internet companies who were represented on the panel.

27 Jan 2018
Policing the internet, is this a beginning of a new era?

Internet companies are stepping up their game when it comes to policing the internet. Following warnings by the government that it will introduce external regulations, social media companies are already practicing large scale removal of user generated content.

01 Jan 2018
Taking out privacy injunction against online trolls

Watch what happened when privacy lawyer Yair Cohen served a privacy injunction live on an internet troll via Instagram.

24 Nov 2017
Right to be Forgotten

3 most common reasons why a right to be forgotten application will fail.

28 Aug 2017
Getting disclosure orders against internet trolls to be made easier

Obtaining disclosure orders against online trolls can be made far easier says internet law expert and social media solicitor Yair Cohen, who regularly acts for celebrity who face abuse online

24 Aug 2017
CELEB TROLLS: WE’RE COMING TO GET YOU!

Solicitor and harassment lawyer Yair Cohen who helps celebrity get rid of internet trolls FOREVERMORE helps Frankie Bridge to hunt down celebrity specialists internet trolls. Source: CELEB TROLLS: WE’RE COMING TO GET YOU!

30 Jun 2017
Remove search results from Google worldwide

So where do Europeans stand in relation to the removal of Google search results worldwide? Since Google ordered to remove search results worldwide, Europeans are eagerly awaiting the French High Court’s final decision on an appeal. In May 2015 French data regulator ordered Google  to apply Right to be Forgotten removals of search results not […]

11 Jun 2017
Consent and pornography and why sometimes no does not mean no

Consent and pornography and why sometimes no does not mean no An example of this might be an individual who is not a professional actor and who agreed to be paid a small sum of money, for participation in a hard-core pornographic film, where the amount paid was totally disproportionate to the actions they were required to perform or be subject to.

13 May 2017
Delete your past from the internet. Social media lawyer Yair Cohen

it’s time to start giving serious thought to erasing your online footprint. We called on internet oracle and social media solicitor Yair Cohen (internetlawcentre.co.uk) to offer his foolproof guide to going full Jason Bourne…

19 Mar 2017
Is catfishing illegal in the UK?

Catfishing happens when someone uses false identity to lure you into loving them. They pretend they are the person they believe you want them to be. Catfishing can be part of an illegal act of deception if for example the perpetrator obtain information by deception

11 Jan 2017
Pressure by Credit Card Companies Helps Reduce Sex Crime Against Minors

Source: Pressure by Credit Card Companies Helps Reduce Sex Crime Against Minors

07 Jan 2017
Internet Police – The net is closing. The e-police are here

Internet police. A powerful book about the future policing of the internet; a platform from which the crying voices of victims of online crime can be loudly and clearly heard.

02 Jan 2017
Internet police in action: Yahoo scanned emails to help FBI.

The FBI has stepped up its effort to police the internet by requesting Yahoo to assist in developing software to scan emails which were going through YahooMail servers. Yahoo was reported to have agreed but the intrusion did not only affect YahooMail customers but also other email users who happened to communicate with a YahooMail […]

22 Dec 2016
Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo snooping is lawful just because we clicked “yes” to their Terms and Conditions which we never read anyway

The UK government is told it would be unlawful to create a law that requests internet service providers to retain user’s data for 12 months across the board. On Wednesday 21 December 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that it would be unlawful for the UK to enact laws that […]

05 Dec 2016
Sextortion and other internet blackmail

Sextortion and other internet blackmail

05 Dec 2016
Google right to be forgotten to extend to USA

Is the right to be forgotten being extended to the USA . Yair Cohen, UK lawyer and internet law expert will be presenting at the Internet Law Leadership Summit in the USA about USA right to be forgotten

20 Oct 2016
What makes it worthwhile being an internet lawyer

Cohen Davis law society award in delivering excellent client care service. We do our best to deliver an outstanding level of internet law services to all our clients by opening our processes. Internet law experts UK. Strategies minute by minute, step by step.

03 Oct 2016
Is Google a victim of anti-trust witch-hunt by the European Commission?

Google anti trust case. Google anti-trust case made simple. Internet lawyer Yair Cohen

12 Jul 2016
Lawsuit against Facebook

Lawsuit against Facebook . Radio interview with Yair Cohen, UK social media litigation lawyer. Facebook sued by Israeli and USA citizens over Palestinian attacks. Lawyers have filed a $1B lawsuit against Facebook, accusing it of knowingly supporting the Palestinian group Hamas. Law suit against Facebook might succeed. Facebook harassment legal advice

08 Jul 2016
Amazon fake reviews legal advice

The topic of Amazon fake business and product reviews was the centre of the BBC Radio 4 consumer affair program You and Yours. Amazon specialist lawyer Yair Cohen discusses the latest developments below.

25 Apr 2016
Bulk Personal Datasets collected by UK government includes solicitor client privileged information

Bulk Personal Datasets collection by UK government includes solicitor client privileged information. The bulk personal datasets collected by British intelligence agencies is reminiscent of dark days and dark regimes, Yair Cohen, of the London-based law firm Cohen Davis Solicitors

03 Mar 2016
Legal implications for parents who post children pictures on Facebook

In case of children, once they grow up, they might not wish to have their images expose to the world at large yet they might be prevented from doing anything about the publication. Images that were originally posted on Facebook by the child’s parent might since have been copied to other websites social media legal advice

10 Feb 2016
Can employer monitor employee email

Can employer monitor employee email. As good practice employers who wish to monitor employee email should require employees not to use t the employer reserves the right to monitor employee email.

30 Oct 2015
What is net neutrality

Net neutrality abolished. Fast lane or slow lane and what the fuss is all about. fast lane an slow lane – what does it really mean and how this might affect you as an internet user.

28 Oct 2015
TalkTalk data breach can I leave TalkTalk?

TalkTalk data breach can I leave Talk following the data breach without paying a penalty. What does my contract with talk talk says about breach of data protection and leaving talk talk

02 Oct 2015
Yair Cohen Presents at Internet Law Leadership Summit 2015 in Las Vegas

Yair Cohen presents at the Internet Law Leadership Summit Las Vegas 2015

23 Aug 2015
Online harassment injunction first | Profile Yair Cohen| Law Society Gazette

Social media harassment injunction to stop internet trolls. Specialist social media injunctions lawyer Yair Cohen is in the news

09 Jun 2015
Harassment Injunction Lawyers Serve for the First Time Harassment Injunction via Instagram

Social media litigation lawyer obtained online harassment injunction to stop internet trolls abusing his victim on social media. Serving online harassment injunction via social media on Instagram. Yair Cohen social media lawyer specialises in difficult cases of online harassment and internet harassment law