Not to date myself, but long before social media came to exist when you needed to complain about someone you told your friends, your coworkers and your family. If you felt you had been wronged you may have even gone to the news to report the issue, but back then you had better make sure your story checked out or it would never see the light of day. But that was before fake news….and that’s a whole different blog post.
Currently, people now vent and complain online via their various social media channels. We all hear stories about the text/message/email that gets sent spontaneously and is later regretted. The reality is that now a temporary lapse of judgement or an inappropriate comment reaches a much wider audience. The social media channels allow for the masses to hear our rants that quite possibly should not be shared with the masses.
People are discovering there are consequences to online venting and complaining. One needs to look no further than the incident between Pritchard vs Van Nes where a court ordered a party to pay the other $65,000 due to inappropriate comments stated on Facebook.
The moral of the story is venting and complaining online can have serious consequences which may include paying out large sums of money.
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