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The Chinese government’s plan for bringing ‘traditional culture’ online

by Alexandra Marginean and Ekaterina Fakirova The ambitious “common prosperity” drive of Chinese President Xi Jinping aims to bridge China’s widening wealth …

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Influencer Marketing According To the Federal Trade Commission

As influencer endorsement continuously grows as an industry, so do the size and value of influencer marketing platforms every year, making collaborations …

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The (Future) Role of Social Media Content in International Criminal Investigations

The investigation and prosecution of international crimes have taken on an entirely new dimension as a result of the rising effect of …

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From Cambridge Analytica to proposed EU Regulation of political advertising

Written by: Anna Kudyk & Julia Kalus Social media platforms have changed the rules of the game for political candidates. In the …

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The emancipation or exploitation of ‘my body’

Emily Ratajkowski, best known as @emrata on Instagram, is a self-defined “model, actor, activist, entrepreneur, and writer” [1].  She rose to fame …

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‘Be somewhere else’: the plead by Lush to leave social media

Written by: Shirin Giordano & Julia Kalus Social Media platforms take up more of our time than we would like to admit. …

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Infringement procedure and consumer protection: a conservative’s take on a children’s book

In the December Infringement Package 2021 the European Commission has included Hungary in the section ‘Justice’ for having breached the EU’s founding …

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#WestElmCaleb: the serial online dater called out by half nyc women on TikTok

Started as a harmless TikTok video where the content creator @meemshou complained about having been ghosted by a guy named Caleb and …

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#Anzeige: a legal obligation?

Two German influencers: @Vickyheiler posting to promote Zalando’s jacket and @Aylin_koenig to promote her own brand @by_aylinkoenig.  The search for the perfect …

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Another Copyright Crisis: music, athleisure and influencers

The athletic apparel brand which has now taken over the closet of any gym fanatic has had to face an accusation of …

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The Seventh EU Internet Forum Ministerial Meeting

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/johansson/announcements/commissioner-johanssons-speech-eu-internet-forum_en On 8th of December 2021, the seventh edition of the Internet Forum Ministerial Meeting took place, which concerns the general protection …

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Welcome (back) to the influencer Gig Economy!

The Proposal The Commission has just announced new interesting developments concerning the Gig Economy which are to be expected at the European …

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“I love designer-dupe goodies”

Let’s be honest – who does not like the feeling of luxury? And who does not like the idea of cheaper alternatives …

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The future of social influence?

What do these three pictures have in common? These pictures show influencers that are not human, but virtual. Virtual influencers are created …

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Social media platforms – should our uploading be more cautious?

Copyright is a common term. But do we know what it means? Most legal systems define copyright as creators’ right over their …

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Why did you say that offensive thing?

Cancel culture is one of the words on everyone’s lips these days. Especially during the ongoing pandemic, which caused increased media use …

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​​​​All eyes on influencers: new investigation in Poland

The question of applicable law to the influencer activities in Poland had remained unanswered for a long time. No guidelines or case …

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Are ‘Sustainable Lines’ based on lies?

Greenwashing, or green claims, is the practice of suggesting or even creating the impression that a service or a product is more …

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An Insight into Influencer Houses

Written by Shirin Giordano and Ekaterina Fakirova Do you have a contract? “Yes, I do have a contract. I am signed with …

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Queer and Nigerian: LGBTQ+ influencers

The intersection of identity and the territory where one lives has had great effect on the lives of queer people living in …

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Fight over a Cake Recipe

Written by Alexandra Marginean and Sabrina Tosi Two online vloggers known for their culinary recipes, Jamila Cuisine and Laura Laurenţiu, went to …

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Paparazzi, Celebrities, Social Media and Copyright Infringement

The relationship between paparazzi and celebrities has always been a tumultuous one by its nature. The narrative power that the press holds …

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“Another one” financial scandal

Cryptocurrencies have been around for quite some time, but recently they surged in popularity. People are engaging in trading although they are …

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Drop shippers: the ethical problem of second hand online shopping

Two of the most popular marketplaces online are Depop and Vinted, platforms with immense popularity among second-hand and vintage fashion lovers.  The …

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Is it the end of honest feedback?

A real friend will tell you unpleasant truths. Not to hurt you, but because they know you can do better, and they …

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The metaverse of social anxiety

The development of technologies has given us the power to alter the perception of our body. Back in the days only professional …

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Welcome to the Influencer Gig Economy!

Social media is becoming increasingly ingrained in our daily lives. More than half of the world’s population uses social media every day[1] …

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Targeted Advertising: a Personalised (dis)information Experience on Social Media?

Meta, the newly-formed company previously known as Facebook Inc., has announced a change of policy that has provoked a general debate on …

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Facebook: Some are more equal than others?

A handful of Big Tech companies are pulling the strings when deciding about what can and cannot be said in some of …

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A need for editorial labelling?

Almost every person opens at least one social media site every day. Although younger generations perhaps more than the older ones. Before …

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Fake it till you make it, right?

Social media includes a rising number of problems, both legal and social. One of the most prominent re-emerging subjects is fake followers. …

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“To Disclose or Not to Disclose… That is the Question!”

This post discusses the guideline

Social Media Sanctions – The new procedural justice?

Written by Lucas Hieronimus, and Florian Bachmann One view on social media communication is that platforms should remove content deemed to be inappropriate …

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Minors and social media – how are the most vulnerable protected?

WRITTEN BY LUCA TERES LOYTVED, FLORIAN BACHMANN & MARIE COCHET Could you estimate how much time of your day you spend on …

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Schrems

An Austrian law student studying in the US had a guest lecture with Facebook’s privacy lawyer Ed Palmieri. Palmieri had a restricted …

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Can’t stop, won’t stop – the LA influencers lavish lifestyle doesn’t look so glamorous during a global pandemic

Written by Nahomi Deltombe, Delia Graetz and Luca Teres Loytved Although some influencers have been advocating for the lockdown guidelines, some of …

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Am I protected from fake reviews online?

Nowadays, more and more people turn to online shops when wanting to purchase a new product, making e-commerce a significant part of …

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Influencer Liability for Promoting Scams

“Now that we’ve established that it’s not a scam”  Air fresheners and Crocs are some of the abnormal products that influencers are …

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Twitter privileges of World leaders

On January 8th 2021, the social media platform Twitter decided to permanently suspend the realDonaldTrump account bringing about a new precedent regarding …

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How the BetterHelp scandal changed our perspective on influencer responsibility

Co-authors: Florian Bachmann, Nahomi Deltombe Part 1: Introduction The global spend on Influencer marketing is expected to reach $15 Billions by 2022, and …

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“Get the facts about freedom of speech and Twitter!”

In agony, many US citizens were awaiting the night of November 3rd when the first voting results for the US presidential election were …

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Instagram Pods: Beating the Algorithm or Breaking the Law?

Instagram is constantly changing to the dismay of the influencers whose income is sourced from ad revenue and through marketing brands on …

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Fake it till you make it – Influencer’s insatiable desire for fame

written by Marie-aime cochet and luca teres loytved Nowadays, the prominent role social media has in our society cannot be denied, plenty …

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Digital Influencers: selling products or selling body dysmorphia?

10.607.227. This is the number of surgical procedures performed worldwide in 2018 according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Additionally, …

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3 ONLINE LECTURE SLIDES ON ‘LAW FOR COMPUTER SCIENTISTS AND OTHER FOLK’

This summer, we used Mireille Hildebrandt’s ‘Law for Computer Scientists and Other Folk‘ book to introduce computer science researchers to law. Here …

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Thematic research group on computational social media

Welcome to our new blog! We will be using this website to share updates on our projects, and present research findings and …

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