The Legal Challenges of Social Media
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The Legal Challenges of Social Media

Edited by David Mangan and Lorna E. Gillies

Social media enables instant access to individual self-expression and the sharing of information. Social media issues are boundless, permeating distinct legal disciplines. The law has struggled to adapt and for good reason: how does the law regulate this medium over the public/private law divide? This book engages with the legal implications of social media from public and private law perspectives and outlines how the law, in various legal sub-disciplines and with varying success, has endeavoured to adapt existing tools to social media.
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Chapter 4: Press regulation in a converging environment

Ian Walden

Abstract

With the Leveson Inquiry, the Royal Charter and a forthcoming revision of the Communications Act 2003, the need to redesign the existing regulatory framework for the media in a converging environment is becoming increasingly apparent. This chapter considers the need for a regulatory scheme for the press and the difficulties of preserving freedom of expression while protecting and balancing other fundamental rights. Keywords: press regulation; convergence; Editors’ Code; PCC; IPSO

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