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I like to engage with people on social media about my beliefs and political views, is this a problem? I have a public social media profile and I encourage robust discussion about social issues on my page. Am I responsible for what other people say? I believe in free speech, surely if I let everyone have their say then I can’t be sued for vilification?
I like to engage with people on social media about my beliefs and political views, is this a problem?
Not necessarily. This will depend on how you engage and the tenor and quality of your interactions with people online. In general it is always a good idea to engage respectfully and thoughtfully. In general, it is a good idea to avoid pejorative language or demeaning others and to engage with other people’s ideas and opinions rather than attacking the person behind them. Heated and unhelpful arguments that remain posted online only invite further unhelpful speech and can be a risk when it comes to defamation and vilification claims.
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