It’s nice that we enjoy “Freedom of Speech”, but we are still responsible for our speech, and lawsuits are a reality when an individual must protect him/herself from abusive or inflammatory allegations.
Read a definition of Defamation:
- Defamation is the issuance of a false statement about another person, which causes that person to suffer harm.
- Slander involves the making of defamatory statements by a transitory (non-fixed) representation, usually an oral (spoken) representation.
- Libel involves the making of defamatory statements in a fixed or medium, such as a newspaper or blog post.
So, if you make derogatory statements that result in damage to someone’s reputation or subject them to contempt or ridicule, you could be exposed.
But, what about transparency?
That’s a big buzz word. That and authenticity. Yes, we have a right to our opinions and we now can express them to zillions with a couple key strokes. But, is writing or commenting around one’s character and professional capabilities being transparent & authentic, or is its intent to derail?
Social media doesn’t eliminate the responsibility we have to mind our words.