I have an ethical and legal dilemma and love to know if anyone in my network has any insight on how to deal with it: I’ve been contacted by an individual asking me to remove a forum post about an HR Manager who was given a prison sentence for blackmailing vulnerable workers. No reason was given for the request to remove. My moral compass says that the world has a right to know about this (and to leave the post where it is), but am I legally or ethically obligated to remove the post?

Also, one of my connections is connected to this person on LinkedIn - do I tell them?

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  • Hi Gary,

    If the information is in the public domain, I cannot see any legal dilemma here, unless the person had appealed the conviction and had it overturned-then you would need to update or remove it.  In terms of ethics; I believe the reluctance to share information and attempts to silence the news are very concerning ethical issues.  

    In this case, the abuse of power occurred.  If it had been an unsuccessful 'attempt' then that may be a 'grey area'-(legally and ethically).  

    It's up to you to decide whether to tell your contact on LinkedIn.  I would only do that if the lack of knowledge is likely to be damaging for your contact, as this is a 'precise' and personal share, not just sharing an article.

    I'd be interested in what other community members think.

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    • Thanks Samina

      I am put at ease by your response. I have contacted my contact on LinkedIn. I gave an overview of the information first and asked if my contact wanted details (e.g. the person's name). She did and I sent the details. I feel like I have done the right thing as had she worked with this individual it may have compromised her - and I would have felt complicit in that.

      Best wishes,

      Gary

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