On April 2, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a report regarding the investigation of a prominent public company and its CEO over disclosures made on the CEO’s personal social media page. The Commission did not bring enforcement charges in this case, but the report set forth the Commission’s view that, under certain circumstances, issuer-sponsored social media can be a permissible channel of dissemination of information under Regulation FD.

Adopted in 2000, Regulation FD generally prohibits public companies and personnel acting on their behalf from selectively disclosing material, nonpublic information to certain groups, such as brokers, investment advisers, analysts and shareholders who are likely to trade on information, without concurrently making widespread public disclosure.

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