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Jeremy Doncouse MGMT304 Ethical Dilemma Chapters 12-14 April 5, 2009 Chapter 12: 1) Normally I would agree that people have the right to free speech, but that right isn’t all-inclusive. People do not have the right to maliciously tarnish the reputation of others. When done in writing or published to a third party it is known as libel while verbal defamation is known as slander (Larson, A., 2003). 2) The AutoAdmit site facilitated the defamation and is therefore just as liable as the ones who wrote the lies. To avoid liability in a defamation suit the third party should investigate the facts pertaining to the statements before allowing publication and contact the person of whom the statements have been made to get their side of the story (Hornsby, B., 2009). 3) Yes. Freedom of speech is a great thing, but you cannot deprive people of their rights to a good reputation in the process. They are both liable and should suffer the consequences especially after AutoAdmit was contacted to have the malicious material removed because …”a publisher of defamatory statements about an individual who is neither a public official nor a public figure may not claim protection against liability for defamation” (Free Speech, 2002). 4) When hosting a blog where anyone can write anything someone should be monitoring the content for hate speech, defamation, and other inappropriate activities and warning and blocking people who don’t follow common rules of courtesy. I don’t think that speech should be censored, but people need to realize that freedom of speech isn’t the right to say whatever you want about anyone you want without consequence.
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