Ninth Circuit Upholds Facebook Settlement in Message Scanning User Privacy Violations Lawsuit

Ninth Circuit Upholds Facebook Settlement in Message Scanning User Privacy Violations Lawsuit

At a March 3rd hearing, the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals upheld a class action settlement resolving claims over Facebook’s allegedly inappropriate collection of data from users’ private messages and then profits by improperly sharing that information with third parties in violation of U.S. privacy laws. The court rejected an argument made by a single class member objector who claimed the deal was of negligible value to Facebook users. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Moderates Sedona Conference Social Media Primer Panel

Annika K. Martin Moderates Sedona Conference Social Media Primer Panel

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin moderated the “Social Media Primer” at the Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Annual Meeting on November 3, 2017 at The Camby Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. The panel covered how Web 2.0 and 3.0 have introduced numerous technical changes and consequent discovery challenges. [Read more…]

Plaintiff Class Seeks Certification in Facebook Message Scanning Privacy Lawsuit

Plaintiff Class Seeks Certification in Facebook Message Scanning Privacy Lawsuit

At a March 16 hearing, U.S. District Chief Judge Phyllis Hamilton heard arguments from user and company attorneys with regard to whether or not she should certify a class action against Facebook Inc. for claims of privacy violations. Plaintiffs accuse the social media giant of unlawfully scanning users’ personal and private direct messages without their consent to capture data on web links.

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Sexism in Science – A Growing Issue That Results in a Twitterstorm

Sexism in Science - Twitterstorm Issue

Scientists studying social media are still trying to understand the factors that can transform a quiet online debate into a raging Twitterstorm — where discussion explodes in size and virulence unpredictably and often near-instantaneously. Such events often have far-reaching and unpredictable consequences; sometimes the sound and fury prompt action. But for women who speak out about sexism, there is often a vicious backlash that can range from insults to threats of violence. [Read more…]