Maryam Abu-Sharida


Harmful content over the internet is going viral nowadays on most of the social media platforms, which has negative effects on both adults and children, especially, with the increasing usage of social media tools during the Covid-19 situation. Therefore, social media’s harmful posts should be regulated. Through the recent legislative efforts, societies are still suffering from the influence of these posts. We observe that the people who share harmful posts often hide behind the First Amendment right and the Freedom of Expression of the American Constitution.

This paper focuses on suggesting possible regulations to strike down social media’s harmful content regardless of the platforms it was posted on, to safeguard society from their negative effects. In addition, it highlights the attempts by Qatar’s government to regulate social media crimes and aims to assess if these efforts are enough. Also, it will take a general look at the situation in the United States and how it is dealing with this issue. 


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Law and social media
Covid-19 and social media
Regulating the harmful posts
Children Protection Act
Social media negative influences
Cybersecurity Law
Communication Decency Act of 1996
Social media

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How to Cite
Abu-Sharida, M. . (2021). Why Harmful Posts on Social Media should be regulated. International Review of Law, 10(2).
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