A Regina lawyer says the people who operated an Instagram page that posted allegations of sexual misconduct were running a significant risk.
Aaron Fox told Gormley this week that people could anonymously put up posts on the Victims Voices Regina page without administrators checking the accuracy or legitimacy of the allegations. If the accusations aren’t true, legal action is possible against the administrators.
“It’s no defence to say that they don’t know whether it’s true or not, they’ve just passed along what’s on there,” Fox said. “That isn’t going to be a defence for them.”
Fox represents a Regina man who claims he was wrongly accused on the page. Another Regina law firm launched a $1-million lawsuit against the page – which was removed from Instagram due to the legal action – and against Facebook, which operates Instagram.
A second page has replaced it, administered by different people.
Fox said the anonymous nature of the pages is concerning.
“A disgruntled former partner or something like that could put a complaint on there that’s not true,” he said. “A business rival, a political rival, a foreign government who wants to cause disruption in our society – there’s nothing stopping them from putting an anonymous complaint on there about somebody which is completely bogus and causing a great deal of problems not only for that individual but the organization they’re associated with and society in general.
“That’s the scary part of this.”
Fox said the process for those who feel they’ve been defamed on social media pages starts with trying to determine who wrote the post as well as who’s behind its publication.
That means issuing a claim and then a subpoena for Instagram records.
“(Social media platforms) don’t want to get involved in that,” Fox said. “They view themselves more or less as a bulletin board. People post things on there. Their responsibility isn’t to track them down or determine the authenticity, that sort of thing.
“The first step generally is to try and access their information and see what they can provide in terms of identifying who’s responsible for these postings in the first place.”
If the lawyers were to succeed in finding out the identities of the administrators – or if those people were to come forward – legal action could follow.
If it’s proved that the allegation of misconduct is true, the individual named in the post wouldn’t have any recourse. If the accusation is proven to be unfounded, the individual may have grounds for a suit.
“Once somebody who feels they’ve been defamed by something on there identifies who is responsible for that – either who’s operating the site or who has drafted the false statement — they will be personally named and sued,” Fox said.
Fox has another concern about the posts.
He believes the publication of false accusations about sexual assault could end up damaging those that are true.
“When you create a platform where people can create bogus, anonymous complaints without recourse and you lump them all in with some people who have very legitimate complaints, all of the complaints begin to lose credibility and reliability,” he said.
“Really, I think what this is doing is harming people who have legitimate complaints and have every right to pursue those complaints in a variety of ways.”
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(Bloomberg) — What’s buzzing on social media today:
Tributes flooded in on social media after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 87-year-old Supreme Court justice and liberal icon, on Friday. President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday morning that Republicans must nominate new justice “without delay.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s name is also trending on Twitter, after he said he would schedule a vote to confirm Trump’s nominee to succeed Ginsburg.
On Chinese social media platform WeChat, users in the U.S. rushed to post alternative contact information to avoid losing touch with family members and friends. The U.S. is set to curb its services on Sunday. Popular backup apps include Telegram, Line, and QQ. WeChat parent Tencent’s office collaboration app, recently rebranded as WeCom and not expected to fall under the scope of a ban, also gained traction.
Southern California was struck by a magnitude 4.5 earthquake late Friday night. Officials warned residents to be prepared for possible aftershocks, AP reported. Tropical Storm Beta will drench Texas, Louisiana with heavy rains.
Former McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook, ousted in November over a sexual relationship with an underling, said he shouldn’t have to return his severance.
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MEDIA AVAILABILITY: CN Police officers available for media interviews during Rail Safety Week – GlobeNewswire
MONTREAL, Sept. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) is offering members of the media the opportunity to talk with uniformed police officers during Rail Safety Week, from September 21-27, about the importance of rail safety at crossings and the dangers of trespassing.
Members of the CN Police Service will be available for media interviews throughout the week. Providing that social distancing be respected or in a virtual manner, we invite media outlets to contact CN to arrange onsite, in studio or on air interviews. The CN media relations team is also happy to offer visual elements for on camera interviews.
CN will mark Rail Safety Week with a public awareness campaign aimed at reducing the number of collisions and trespassing-related accidents. Throughout the week, CN Police will conduct safety initiatives at commuter stations and railway crossings reminding commuters and motorists about the importance of safety at crossings and the deadly risks of trespassing on railway tracks and property.
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Kelowna wood-burning artist utilizes social media during pandemic – iNFOnews
Using the power of social media, a Kelowna-based artist is keeping busy during the pandemic.
Samm Moore specializes in wood burning, using her toolkit to etch designs of B.C. wildlife and landscapes into the Douglas fir, pine and other varieties of wood. She even has her designs on skis and skateboard decks.
At first, Moore said COVID-19 threw her “for a loop,” as she planned on selling wares at spring markets which were cancelled. But with Etsy, an online seller platform, she’s able to ship her creations across the globe.
“It’s such a cool way to connect everyone. If I was selling wood burnings in the Kelowna area then I probably wouldn’t make enough money,” she said.
It’s a requirement nowadays for artists to use social media, she said, as galleries can be expensive for artists and challenging to get into. She’s reliant on online platforms for a majority of her orders, which have returned to normal, Moore said.
“Most of my orders come from social media, Facebook, Instagram and Etsy and from my website so I find the more active I am on social media, the more orders I get,” Moore said.
Over the years, she started with only one or two orders a month, but that’s snowballed and she’s been able to fulfil her dream working as a full-time artist, although balancing wood burning with social media and the business aspect of being her own boss is a lot of work, she said.
“On the days I’m not feeling too productive I could wood burn for hours. I think of it like a meditation, I zone out and it’s really calming,” Moore said.
She discovered wood burning while attending Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Moore borrowed a friend’s wood-burning tool for the project that was meant for artists to experiment with different formats they haven’t used before, and she fell in love with it.
“I remember instantly being like ‘This is awesome. This is so fun’ I loved working with the wood and the smell… I really enjoyed it,” she said.
As a child, growing up in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, she found her love of drawing by copying Calvin and Hobbes books. Prior to wood burning, she was accustomed to sketching.
Many of her drawings are inspired by living near the ocean and mountains of B.C. and she’s lived in various locations around the province. It reminds her of home, she said.
“I’d love to do a wood burning of (Okanagan Lake,)” she said.
Moore said her busiest time is Christmas, which she’s looking forward to and she’s preparing to have items for those last-minute buyers.
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