Those who blog, tweet, and otherwise comment on critical issues affecting their work and workplace communities do so to offer constructive criticism. Sometimes you can't restrict yourself to remaining nice. But then you run the risk of a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. Defamation law is particularly challenging, as it concerns the intersection between the free speech rights of people who comment on and criticize the actions of others and the equally legitimate interest of those others in maintaining their good reputations. Certainly, some care should be taken in structuring the criticism. Be certain that any statement that includes objective facts is demonstrably true. Be clear in expressing your opinion that it is only your opinion. Support your position, but allow your audience to thaw their own conclusions. Blogging has the potential for great impact. But great impact can often cause great disruption, and bloggers need to be cognizant of that impact.
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