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Social media bill riding its way to the Texas House
Court ‘unfriends’ interns’ social media proposal
India's Supreme Court strikes down social media law
India’s Supreme Court has struck down a provision of the country’s cyber law, which gave the police power to arrest a person for posting allegedly “offensive” content online. The court ruled that the law was “fringing on the public’s right to freedom of speech and right to information.” Before this month’s ruling, the law allegedly was abused several times. A few years ago, two sisters were put behind bars for a Facebook post complaining of road jams created by a funeral procession. An 11 year-old boy was also jailed for a Facebook post.
North Carolina lawyers allowed to connect with judges on LinkedIn
The North Carolina State Bar released a formal advisory opinion stating a lawyer may accept an invitation and may endorse a judge on LinkedIn, but a lawyer cannot accept a legal skill or expertise endorsement or a recommendation from a judge. The opinion explained: "Interactions with judges using social media are evaluated in the same manner as personal interactions with a judge, such as an invitation to dinner. In certain scenarios, a lawyer may accept a judge’s dinner invitation. Similarly, in certain scenarios, a lawyer may accept a LinkedIn invitation to connect from a judge. However, if a lawyer represents clients in proceedings before a judge, the lawyer is subject to the following duties: to avoid conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice; to not state or imply an ability to influence improperly a government agency or official; and to avoid ex parte communications with a judge regarding a legal matter or issue the judge is considering. These duties may require the lawyer to decline a judge’s invitation to connect on LinkedIn."
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