Inside The Complicated Legalities Of Britney Spears’ Conservatorship

The campaign to #FreeBritney has suddenly resurged on social media, as fans of Britney Spears continue to demand that the pop icon be relieved of the conservatorship that has controlled her life for more than a decade. Since 2008, Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, has acted as guardian over his daughter’s life, dictating every detail of her existence: from her career choices to her finances to her medical care. For years, fans have theorized that Spears is being held against her will and deserves justice.

But the legalities of a conservatorship are not privy to a massive social media campaign that calls for a celebrity’s “freedom.” Spears’ contractual obligations — for better or worse — are bound by a conservatorship that contains provisions for her finances, personal life, and mental health. Now, as the performer is due in court on July 22 for a hearing, questions around her current agreement leave

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A force for good or a digital witchhunt? The answer is complicated.

The latest celebrity to enter the social discourse surrounding online cancellation: Nick Cannon.

The comedian’s name trended on Twitter Wednesday after he was fired by ViacomCBS over “hateful speech.” The news added fuel to the debate over whether holding celebrities accountable for their opinions has gone too far.

Some argued that the host of “Wild ‘n Out,” which airs on VH1 and MTV, should be “canceled,” which often entails boycotting a famous person’s work. Others questioned: “What happened to Freedom of Speech?

Twitter has become a powerful court of public opinion and “cancel culture” plays a role. The phenomenon occurs when people get upset about something that a company or person has done or something they have said. It also can be divisive with opposers saying threats of cancellation stifles free speech.

It’s hard to deny that cancel culture has sparked important conversations and change—as when #Oscarssowhite trended

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Is TikTok a security threat? It’s complicated.

TikTok is one of the hottest apps on the planet among teens and social media addicts. But the app, owned by China’s ByteDance, is under ever-increasing scrutiny from U.S. government officials, including President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who are threatening to ban it, claiming the app is a national security threat.

According to researchers, however, the fear of TikTok being used for some form of espionage is directly tied to the growing geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and China. It’s not that the app collects any more information than contemporaries like Facebook, experts say, but rather that TikTok has ties to China.

“I Think TikTok has been doing a lot of things very, very, very quickly to try to establish that it’s safe for Americans to use,” explained U.C. Berkeley professor Steven Weber, faculty director for the Berkeley Center for Long Term Cybersecurity. “In this political environment

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