Some Newspapers Are Setting Up Their Employees To Get Sued – The Awl

AtTheGuardian,journalistswhoidentifythemselvesasGuardianemployeesintheirTwitterbiosareadvisedtoincludeadisclaimersuchas,“Thesearemypersonalviewsandnotthoseofmyemployer。



Yeah,that’sbecausethelegaldepartmentwouldrathernotcarryallemployeesatalltimesontheirlibelinsurance。

Soifyouworkinthemedia,atsomeplacesyou’reencouraged(sometimesevencommanded)tousethingslikeTwitter?

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butalsoapparentlysometimesyou’reencouragedtoactuallymakeadisclaimerthatyoursocialmediaoutputisn’t“workproduct。

”Shady!

Sothenwhenyougetsued,well,offyougo,enjoyhiringyourowndefense。

It’snotanylesslibelousjustbecauseyousaiditasanindividual;it’sjustemployersmanagingtheirreputationalrisk?

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andsellingyoudowntheriverwhentheycan。

Likely,also,becausethey“advised”youtomakethisdisclaimer,thentheycanmakethecasethatyou’reactingindividuallyevenifyoudon’tcarrysuchadisclaimer。