Stories can develop and mutate in ways you have never anticipated. Really bad stuff is happening on social media and it's pushing people to the edge."
The Price of Fame
A video campaign brought to you by Farrer & Co’s reputation management team exploring the impact of social media, trolling, harassment, negative search results, adverse press and misinformation.
We explore areas of reputational vulnerability and identify the steps that can be taken to prevent reputational harm and lessen the mental health impact of these issues.
Find out more about the series in each episode.
The fundamental tension between the rights of users and freedom of expression is an almost impossible balance to get right.”
The Online Safety Bill and Big Tech
The UK government recently introduced a pioneering piece of legislation, the Online Safety Bill, that is designed to create greater accountability for social media, search engines and other online platforms.
In the first in-depth video of our Price of Fame campaign, our network of experts and Farrer & Co's reputation management specialists explore the impossible balance that the Online Safety Bill seeks to address, and the challenges of successfully regulating Big Tech.
Watch time: five minutes
A decade ago, a troll was a mythical creature that lived under bridges. Fast forward to today and the rapidly changing and expanding online landscape has created an army of online trolls far more terrifying than any childhood fable.”
Watch time: seven minutes
Cyber security and trolling
Trolling is a phenomenon that has swept across websites in recent years. The anonymity created online can be very addictive and empowering. Thousands of fake profiles are being created daily on social media to deliberately insult others and manipulate people into exposing personal information. Trolling itself is not a crime. However, sometimes the behaviour of trolls crosses into the unlawful (harassment, cyber-stalking, blackmail and defamation to name but a few examples). Sometimes troll’s actions can also have tragic consequences. But what can we do to protect ourselves online? In this episode of our Price of Fame video series hear from our network of experts on what can you do to protect yourself and your mental health online.
There are situations where taking immediate legal action can seem oppressive and be counterproductive. Are you going to be placed in the role of Goliath versus David?"
Taking Legal Action
As a society, we benefit from access to instant news, instant notifications - about everything and everyone- instant entertainment and so on. Like it or loathe it, social media and other digital content play an increasingly prominent role in our lives.
Living in a world of incessant content creation has also dramatically changed the media and entertainment industry landscape, transforming it into a live stream that runs 24 hours a day. This has put journalists under significant pressure to deliver attention grabbing headlines at breakneck speed, which inevitably does on occasion come at the expense and accuracy of news stories. This video focuses on when legal action is required, including a discussion around the pros and cons taking legal action can have.
Watch time: eight minutes
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