Social Media Posts – Be Careful and Expect Criticism!

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We love hearing people’s views.

It’s so important that everyone is allowed to express genuine opinions in our great country – regardless of whether or not we agree with them!

And we love feedback, positive or negative, as long as its constructive!

Without engagement, we may as well not publish anything!!

Over the past year, our firm has published over 600 original blogs and videos on our various websites.

That equates to hundreds of hours of work providing (hopefully) useful and (sometimes) interesting legal information to all.

We recently published a blog where, essentially, the word ‘disqualified’ was used when the correct term was ‘suspended’.

It was interesting to see the immediate response from a small minority.

We would have been very grateful for the error to just have been pointed out!

But unfortunately, there are those out there who feel the need to make nasty comments if any type of mistake is made.

We immediately rectified the mistake, of course.

A similar thing occurred a little over a year ago when one of our lawyers said ‘section 10a’ rather than section 10(1)(a)’ during a 9 minute long video. The response was immediate.

Needless to say, the response is usually from a very small number of the hundreds of lawyers that ‘like’ our page and benefit from our legal information.

It’s weird because we see lawyers getting basic things wrong in court all the time! And that’s after they’ve received payment to protect their clients in specific sets of circumstances!

But the message is clear – if you are going to post blogs and videos you cannot make a mistake!

You must check and re-check the information before it’s published.

You must ensure that every part of the information is absolutely accurate – and fair enough too!

If you want to put information out there it must be correct!

We have been publishing legal information for more than 13 years.

Our main website now contains over 5000 pages of legal information.

We believe that legal knowledge shouldn’t be the exclusive domain of lawyers – everyone should know about the legal process and their rights!

But it seems that a handful of people disagree.

In fact, one person recently labeled us ‘irresponsible’ for letting people know their legal rights!

It may surprise you that many dozen followers of our Facebook page are acting or former police officers.

It might not surprise you that those making negative comments about legal posts are also often one or two police officers!

We have nothing against police officers ‘liking’ our page.

But what we won’t tolerate is police officers making comments to the effect of ‘anyone who represents a paedophile is a paedophile’, and the like.

We find such comments to be highly inappropriate, ignorant and offensive.

But such is social media – if you’re going to publish posts, you must expect some criticism!

It’s just a shame that this small minority doesn’t spend the time to publish their own legal information and posts, rather than sitting back and criticising those who make the effort.

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Ugur Nedim

Ugur Nedim

Ugur Nedim is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist with 25 years of experience as a Criminal Defence Lawyer. He is the Principal of Sydney Criminal Lawyers®.

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