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Regulating for Responsibility: Reputation and Social Media

Mangan, D. (2015). Regulating for Responsibility: Reputation and Social Media. International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, 29(1), pp. 16-32. doi: 10.1080/13600869.2015.1008960


The framework brought forward by the United Kingdom's Defamation Act 2013 underlines a traditional hierarchy of expression in which news media are viewed as high-level speech. Although of a different form, social media are a dominant means of expression. The current study explores the rationale for a more robust and forceful discussion of responsibility in speech on social media platforms. The underlying premise here is that speech should be viewed as a qualified good and that a more appropriate paradigm is one found in the phrase ‘freedom to participate’.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: K Law
Departments: The City Law School
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