This week three things stood out when it came to PR ethics: Is banning unpopular speech stopping misinformation or cancel culture? What goes into ethics intelligence? What are the ethics of remote work?
- Misinformation or Cancel Culture? – Breitbart had an interesting story on how Facebook is censoring any content related to COVID-19 lockdown protests because they are misinformation. This opens up some really interesting discussion questions. Just like some churches exercised freedom of religion, is this freedom of speech. But Facebook is not the government? But by censoring something that is legal and political and accurate (the protests ARE happening) is Facebook promoting cancel culture. There are so many nuances to this the debate is fascinating.
- EI 2.0 – Ethics Intelligence – HR Zone looks at ethics in the workplace. Specifically, What is ethical intelligence and why is it important? Is it possible to increase the ethical IQ (eIQ) of the organizations in which we work?
- Ethics and remote work – I saw this topic appear in a few places – the Pennsylvania Bar Association provided ethical guidelines for working remotely. While lawyers and public relations professionals are very different, we both have standards when it comes to protecting client confidences and I believe every PR pro should make sure they are doing them as well to limit potential liability.