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Hypothetical and the appropriate use of social media.

Discussion in 'General Debates' started by gnomon, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. gnomon

    gnomon Well-Known Member

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    Let's say you are a popular blogger. There are thousands of people following your blog.

    Now let's say that someone you know claims that a prominent individual within an organization committed a felony and emails you about it. They provide no proof of the incident. It's merely someone you know and say that you trust claims that such a felony occurred.

    Would it be appropriate to post that information in social media. Keep in mind doing so would essentially state that the individual holding a prominent position is guilty of a federal crime of which you have no physical or hard evidence of committing. Would you post that to your blog?

    Also, never mind prominence. It doesn't really matter if the individual accused holds a prominent position in anything. Would you still post it?

    Let's add in, for another question, based upon the specific case that inspired this thread that you, as the blogger, consider the individual accused as an adversary. Would you post that information?

    Remember, the key here is that you have no physical, personal or hard evidence of the act.

    To complete the perspective keep in mind that posting such, accusing someone of a federal crime without evidence, could be considered libel. Would you do it?

    edit: I should add that there is a specific case within the last week within a certain community that this hypothetical pertains to. It's a bomb within a community. Kind of a disclaimer but a frubal to anyone who knows what it is.
     
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  2. Quintessence

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    I'd do the responsible thing and:

    A) Hand it off to actual journalists who will follow up on the lead and investigate it properly.
    - and/or -
    B) Notify the proper authorities who will follow up on the lead and investigate it properly.

    It's against my Code to spread hearsay, especially malicious hearsay, without verifying it's truth. It's also against my Code to violate the laws of the land unless all other reasonable options have been exhausted.
     
  3. gnomon

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    That's the reasonable approach. One I agree with.
     
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    Also, you don't want to set yourself up for a libel suit.
     
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