Social media law: What you need to know
Accountants using social media to keep in touch with clients, attract prospects to their websites, or simply to maintain presence need to be aware of the legal constraints that apply.
The increasing role of social media in accountants' lives elevates the importance of knowing how to behave and what not to say, as the wrong thing could get you into a lot of (costly) trouble.
The BBC's recent social media law update noted that more than 650 people in England and Wales faced criminal charges connected with comments they made on Twitter and Facebook in 2012.
The corporation's guide to Twitter law and related cases highlighed issues including:
- Libel on Twitter
- Reporting sex offences
- Breaking court orders
- Offensive comments
- Injunctions and super-injunctions
- Other offences (abusive comments, harassment, etc).