Social Media Newsfeed: Sony May Sue Twitter | Holiday Shopping Goes Social

Sony might sue Twitter to ban accounts that are posting leaked information. Social media has a huge impact on holiday shopping decisions this year. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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Twitter.Logo_-150x150Sony Threatens to Sue Twitter Over Tweets with Hacked Emails (CNET)
Seeking to stem the spread of company secrets, Sony Pictures has threatened to sue Twitter if it does not ban accounts that tweet information allegedly leaked in the studio’s massive security breach. The threat was contained in a letter sent Monday by Sony Pictures general counsel David Boies to Vijaya Gadde, general counsel at Twitter, that demands Twitter’s cooperation with suspending Twitter accounts associated with disseminating “stolen information.” Re/code Sony complained about Val Broeksmit, a musician who has been tweeting screen grabs of the text of Sony emails on his Twitter account at @BikiniRobotArmy starting on Dec. 13. Sony asked Twitter to suspend Broeksmit’s account and destroy any copies of the emails that may be stored on its systems. BuzzFeed Broeksmit first received notice from Twitter that his account could be suspended on Thursday and was told one of his tweets violated Twitter’s rules. The next day, Twitter told him the tweet had been removed and his account was unsuspended. NBC News Twitter declined a request for comment. Hackers first began releasing data stolen from Sony on Nov. 24 — from copies of Sony Pictures films to embarrassing emails between its executives to employees’ personal information.

Social Media Has Changed How Consumers Shop Online [Infographic] (SocialTimes)
An infographic from Crowdtap examines how social media has changed holiday shopping drastically. The first major area of change is in inspiration and discovery. Holiday gift discovery on social sites is up 17 percent as compared to last year.

TripAdvisor Has Been Fined in Italy Over Misleading Reviews (The Next Web)
TripAdvisor has been fined $611,842 by Italy’s competition watchdog for publishing misleading information in reviews. The regulator said that TripAdvisor failed to implement controls to prevent false reviews and promoted the site as “authentic and genuine.”

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Women at LinkedIn Want a Mentorship Program to Foster Future Female Execs (VentureBeat)
“Next year, I want to help establish and maintain a mentoring program for women in tech here at LinkedIn,” senior product manager Lizabeth Li said, according to the post. “Peer and more senior mentors have been extremely helpful to me both professionally and personally, and I would love for others, especially women, to have easy access to the same mentorship opportunities.”

Now You Can Add Facebook Stickers to Photos with Stickered App (AllFacebook)
Love Facebook stickers, but wish you could add Pusheen in more places? Facebook is making that happen. The company recently announced some updates to Messenger, as well as a new app that lets people add Facebook stickers onto photos.

More Americans Send Christmas Cards Via Social Media (WBIR)
The tradition of sending and receiving Christmas cards is fading away, and is now being replaced by social media. According to a survey by, more than half of Americans say they wish friends and family happy holidays via social media.

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These Will be the Top Toys This Christmas (According to #Twitter) (AllTwitter)
So what’s on every child’s Xmas list this year? MediaMiser tracked the top toys being talked about on Twitter, and found that (surprise, surprise) the Snow Glow Elsa Doll from Frozen is the number one Christmas toy of 2014.

Facebook Reportedly Blocks Russian Dissident’s Page at Government Request (The Wall Street Journal/Digits)
Reportedly at the request of the Russian government, Facebook has blocked access to a page on the social media site promoting a Jan. 15 rally for a prominent opposition leader and critic of President Vladimir Putin. Currently under house arrest, lawyer Aleksei Navalny has organized demonstrations promoting democracy and opposing political corruption.

Checked Out: TVTag (Formerly GetGlue) to Shut Down (LostRemote)
People like checking into bars, restaurants, airports and clothing stores. They don’t, however, like checking into TV shows. In an email to users on Friday, tvtag – formerly GetGlue – announced that it would be shutting down its services effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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