Media ethics is usually seen to be concerned with the conduct of journalists and those who employ them and publish their work. But does it also extend to the conduct of those who attack them – and the social media companies that facilitate such attacks?
Media organisations had to make difficult ethical decisions about whether to publish potentially distressing images from the March 2017 attack on Parliament. Social media has changed the debate, with some members of the public not exercising restraint, says Press Gazette. Read more
Advertisers on Facebook are able to identify gay users through their clicking history even where their sexual status is private and they have viewed only non-sexual content, researchers have found. They say it raises concerns over privacy. Read more
Parody and pastiche involve copying someone else’s creative work to some extent, which should breach copyright law. That in itself would infringe the human rights of the person making the parody. But as of 2014, English law allows an exemption for parody as long as certain tests are met, according to the website Keep Calm and Talk About Law. Read more
Websites must quickly take down defamatory postings by users in order to protect against defamation claims, but a case involving a sex offender being exposed on Facebook shows the practice applies to other areas of the law, including privacy, says Cleland Thom of Press Gazette. Read more
A 23% rise in reported defamation cases in the UK is partly due to material published through social media and websites, says Roy Greenslade in his Guardian column. Read more
In a 12-minute film, Professor Duncan Bloy summarises legal challenges for journalists and community media, including defamation, copyright, reporting sex offences, and privacy. Note that a legal right to film council meetings has been established since this film was made in April 2014. Watch here