When It’s Illegal to Share Your Opinion Online

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Influencers who frequently share their opinions ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ with followers via @youtube ๐Ÿ“บ or blogs ๐Ÿ“ are often the most popular, especially when these opinions are controversial. 

However, these individuals must be cautious ๐Ÿšง  when voicing their opinions online ๐ŸŒ, especially if they want to keep their business out of trouble.

While Americaโ€™s constitution ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ promotes citizensโ€™ rights to free speech, it is possible to abuse or use this freedom in illegal ways.

For example, anyone posting controversial or political opinions online must be sure to differentiate those opinions from fact.

While most bloggers โœ๏ธ wonโ€™t face a defamation lawsuit in their career and can usually avoid paying damages ๐Ÿ’ฐ when they are sued, thereโ€™s always a risk of murky water ๐ŸŒŠ.

No matter who your audience is, spreading false ๐Ÿ‘Ž information – even as a joke – about another person or company could easily result in a defamation case, especially if it has negative effects on their reputation.

Take, for example, the case of American online gaming ๐ŸŽฎ company Evony suing a British blogger for defamation.

Similarly, spreading false โŒ information about a current event or news ๐Ÿ“ฐ item is never a good idea. Be sure to confirm โœ”๏ธ any and all facts you have about a story before writing it, especially if youโ€™re hoping to be considered a real journalist now or in the future.

Even when writing untruths wonโ€™t necessarily get you into legal trouble, it could still mean the end ๐Ÿ›‘ of your online business or career.

Once readers, followers, or fans ๐Ÿ‘ฅ determine that you are no longer a reputable source, they will most likely turn to a new YouTuber lawyer or blogger who is more likely to provide them with facts.

Your followers want to associate with people and brands they can trust ๐Ÿค, so respect them enough to provide them with legal, libel-free opinions when sharing, and your business will be protected ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ as well.