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Whistleblower concerns are totally legit, but that assumes the whistleblower follows common-sense normal procedures (e.g., telling the event organizers in private, or even calling their boss). The learning point here is about the manner in which the alleged harassment was "reported" -- trumpeted to the entire world via social media with photos attached.

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I completely agree, and we as a society need to learn how to live in a world where a single tweet by an semi-influential figure can cause such a shit storm. How liable are people for actions resulting from a tweet? If someone famous snaps a photo of you, calls you a pedofile, and throws it on Twitter, what are the consequences?

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> If someone famous snaps a photo of you, calls you a pedofile, and throws it on Twitter, what are the consequences?

A published false statement that damages someone's reputation? That's libel. Whatever harm is done as a result of the malicious tweet would be repaid to you as damages in court.

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> If someone famous snaps a photo of you, calls you a pedofile, and throws it on Twitter, what are the consequences?

You're basically fucked.

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You go to court an sue for defamation.

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Assuming you live that long. "Hey 10M people, this guy is a pedo. I just saw him molest a child, here's a google maps link to his current location".

Even if the issue goes to court, your public image is basically done for regardless of the outcome so the damages would need to be very substantial.

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"any sensible person"? I can't comprehend the depths of this person's delusion.

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If she really was fired, if I were company counsel, I'd be more concerned about the employment law issues vs. the public statement. They did keep the post brief and factual, and I don't see anything actionable about it.

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As a startup lawyer (and a social media lawyer at that) I couldn't agree more. Even big companies make some unbelievably stupid mistakes when rushed to "do something."

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This is a cool service, although I have to say I'd never use a website or app (especially a free one) if going into it I thought I'd ever have to sue them for anything. Litigation is a time-sucking expensive PITA. This ain't exactly like a doctor's arbitration waiver where you might be signing away the right to sue for millions if they remove the wrong kidney. :P

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Thanks! I figured this is a good time with all the doom-and-gloom talk about a Series A crunch...

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The new generation should know it and the older generation to remember it.

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Not just privacy. Any consumer class action -- as long as AT&T Mobility holds -- can theoretically be avoided by a well-drafted arbitration/class-action waiver clause in the site TOS or other customer agreement.

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I'm not a lawyer, but if I remember correctly, things like TOS and EULA are not always legally binding, and can be invalidated if a judge finds them legally questionable.

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Good point

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Outstanding summary and links. I constantly refer people to the CMLP and EFF sites (as well as chillingeffects.org and Stanford's fair use site) as great references for bloggers and other online publishers.

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Those disclaimers shouldn't be necessary under US law provided we're talking third-party, user-generated content. See discussion of CDA Section 230 in an earlier comment. As a social media lawyer I thank God every day that that section (and DMCA Section 512) exist, because with out them, social media wouldn't exist as we know it in America. Every site of any scale would be sued into bankruptcy within weeks.

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I realize the person in this example is the OP's girlfriend, but in my experience, the most common explanation is third-party payers. (For example, kid off at college, credit card bills get paid by parents or grandparents. Or corporate card used for many office-type overhead expenses where the recurring charge is so small, relatively speaking, it falls beneath the scope of any audits.)

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