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Prohibition against influence through social media, C2S42 CPRA

Section 42, Canon II

SECTION 42. Prohibition against influence through social media. – A lawyer shall not communicate, whether directly or indirectly, with an officer of any court, tribunal, or other government agency through social media to influence the latter’s performance of official duties. (2023 Code of Professional Responsibility and Accountability or CPRA)

1. Prohibition against influence through social media

a. No influencing through social media

Social media – refers to online platforms where users are allowed to post online content, including comments, for public view, whether globally or through a selected group.

Under this section, and whether directly or indirectly, lawyers are prohibited from communicating “with an officer of any court, tribunal, or other government agency through social media to influence the latter’s performance of official duties.”

On social media, and in relation to these officers, lawyers should avoid influence peddling through any of the following:

1) By commenting on digital spaces where these officers have posted an original content or have remarked on another content;

2) By directly messaging these officers;

3) By posting online content aimed at these officers, whether directly or indirectly mentioning them (e.g., blind item); and

4) Analogous therewith.

References

Canon II, 2023 Code of Professional Responsibility

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