Online Legal Risks in Social Media: Lessons from a Few Court Cases in Hong Kong

  • Kar-wai TongEmail author
Conference paper


There are two objectives in this research (a) it outlines some online legal risks in social media in Hong Kong and (b) it provides a basis for further discussion and research on online legal risks and/or online behaviours in the explosive growth of social media. The author conducted literature review and basic legal research on online legal risks in social media and examined court cases to illustrate such risks in Hong Kong. In particular, defamation, reasonable care by providers of social media, and criminal liability were reviewed. Limitations of the study are discussed and future directions for research are proposed at the end of the chapter.


Legal risks Social media Court cases Hong Kong 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Open University of Hong Kong, Barrister (England & Wales)Kwai ChungChina

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