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A Student's View of How to Deal with Lies on Facebook

Yvonne Schroeder, a student in Jon Pfeiffer’s Fall 2012 Mass Communication Law class at Pepperdine University, wrote the following essay in response to the question “Your ex boyfriend posted lies about you on Facebook, what can and/or should you do?”

If my ex boyfriend were to make up lies about me and post them on Facebook, my first reaction would probably be to cry. After I was done with that, I would attempt to report the behavior to Facebook. I understand that they…

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  • Defamation , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Sep 23, 2012

Video Post: Intrusion for Journalism’s Sake


Jon Pfeiffer is an experienced entertainment and copyright trial attorney practicing in Santa Monica. Jon is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he teaches Media Law. COM 570 covers First Amendment issues as well as copyright, defamation and privacy.  

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  • Privacy , Privacy - Intrusion , Video
  • Sep 22, 2012

Intrusion for Journalism's Sake

With the rise of ambush journalism, many journalists seem to believe that they have a special exemption from the privacy laws. That’s simply not true. Two cases illustrate the point.

The first case is Dietmann v. Time. In the November 1, 1963 issue Time published an article titled “Crackdown on Quackery.” To gather information for the article two journalists went undercover to visit Antone Dietmann. Mr. Dietmann had no medical training but purported to heal people with herbs, minerals and clay.

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  • Privacy , Privacy - Intrusion
  • Sep 09, 2012

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