Reminder: It's Still Not Illegal For Someone To Criticize You

from the but-it-won't-stop-the-lawsuits dept

We’ve written about similar stories plenty of times in the past, but Adam writes in to let us know about a new article highlighting companies who sue those who leave negative reviews of their business online. The businesses complain that the negative reviews can have a serious impact on business — which no one doubts. But, assuming that the review is truthful or just an opinion, there’s really not much that can be done about it. Most companies would be better served responding to the criticism, rather than busting out the lawyers. Even if they feel the criticism is unjustified, it makes more sense to address the points, rather than pulling out the blunt threat of a lawsuit.

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Twinrova says:

Now we "reap the rewards" of bad parenting decades ago.

Anyone remember the transition from parents being allowed to spank their children vs. the “oh, we just punish without spanking”?

Well, now you can see the outcome. These “emo equipped” CEOs (and other top dogs) obviously can’t handle constructive criticism because they were never brought up to deal with it properly.

Spare the rod. Spoil the child.

It’s amazing how many times congress keeps removing the rods needed to punish offenders.

Shay says:

Don't take resonsibility - blame your parents!!

How does spanking help a child learn to deal with constructive criticism – or when they become an adult for that matter? Maybe it’s those spanked kids who didn’t learn how to deal with their feelings are the problem – it’s easier to just hit people [with stupid lawsuits or a rod] instead of fixing the problem.

Decades ago, even thinking of suing for any of these reasons would have been laughed at now one can sue for just about anything. I bet that has nothing to do with spanking and if it does I’m sure those CEOs would be suing their parents for either spanking or not if they thought it would remove them from taking responsibility.

Or maybe we should blame the government since so many seem to want them to parent us….

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Whatever wikipedia tells you to believe right, Mike?

Don’t knock Wikipedia. Wikipedia generally has good data. But every once in a while you run into something that makes you scratch your head. You know, the cleverly hidden sentence that reads “so-and-so is a X”. It’s always a good laugh whenever you’re graced with such things.

Mike (profile) says:

Re: Re:

What about slander? What about false claims?

Those would be slander or libel. But that’s not what we’re discussing. We’re discussing criticism.

I find it odd that you criticize me for not understanding the issue, when it would appear to be you who did not understand it.

Does that mean I should sue you? After all, according to you, “criticism” can be slander or libel — and you are lying in your claims about what I said.

Chris in Utah (user link) says:

In other related news.

Yes men at it again. This time a year in the making and a message of hope. The numbers have yet to come in on how many of these papers were distributed on the streets of New York. But the message is clear and hopeful but I despise sitting and waiting for ass to get out of office.
Here’s the copy of The New York Times Special Edition. My guess is you’ll be engrossed for an hour.

Anon2 says:

not fraud

Um, no, actually slander and libel do not necessarily contain fraudulent statements, they contain false statements. There is a difference. Fraud and fraudulent statements are falsities (or intentional omissions of material fact) intended to induce someone else to do or not do something. Slander and libel are falsities intended merely to create a false and negative impression of someone in other peoples’ minds, but are not necessarily intended to induce anyone to do or refrain from doing anything at all.

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