Popular local food blogger Christina Orso recently asked a question on Twitter that fired up a lot of discussion.
You can be quoted on the news from a tweet without your permission? Seriously?
— christinaorso (@christinaorso) January 19, 2013
And yes, as a courtesy, I asked her for her permission before I reprinted her Tweet here but the question remains: Should I have?
It’s kind of hard to expect privacy when you publicly post something on a social medium where sharing is a rule, not an exception.
On the other hand, even I would find it a bit jarring to see one of my tweets quoted on a newscast or a blog or in another newspaper without any warning. At the least, I’d expect a tweet back letting me know or asking me to expand on my point beyond 140 characters. That seems easy and fair. That’s why our policy is to essentially stick to the Golden Rule: “Do unto others …”
But it’s not always that simple.