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Liability risks in shareholders’ engagement via electronic communication and social media

Aiman Nariman Mohd-Sulaiman (Department of Civil Law, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Mohsin Hingun (Department of Civil Law, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

International Journal of Law and Management

ISSN: 1754-243X

Article publication date: 23 June 2020

Issue publication date: 9 December 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the potential liability of companies and their board members arising from the use of digital technology and social media as communication and engagement tools with investors and shareholders.

Design/methodology/approach

The research relies on a qualitative study using legal analysis of corporate and capital market laws as well as the outcome of legal proceedings and regulatory actions to ascertain conduct that could expose companies and boards to liability risks.

Findings

Social media characteristics expose unwary directors and companies to potential liability for oppressive conduct, selective disclosure or misleading statements.

Research limitations/implications

This paper informs boards and companies of the types of conduct that could expose companies and boards to liability when social media is relied on to communicate with shareholders and investors.

Originality/value

The paper contributes to the literature on social media, capital market and corporate communication by presenting the legal perspective concerning reliance on social media as shareholders’ engagement and corporate communication tool.

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Citation

Mohd-Sulaiman, A.N. and Hingun, M. (2020), "Liability risks in shareholders’ engagement via electronic communication and social media", International Journal of Law and Management, Vol. 62 No. 6, pp. 539-555. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLMA-06-2019-0137

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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