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transparentAn article in the Orlando Sentinel caught my attention. It reports that a leasing company has stopped the process of making tenants agree in the lease to not post bad social media reviews, at the penalty of $10,000.  Wow!  I must be naïve because I just cannot fathom anyone making such a business decision. Well, it’s good they stopped it.

Reading a little deeper, apparently the leasing company was concerned about a “’growing trend’ of real estate renters posting unjustified and defamatory reviews on social media in order to negotiate lower rents.” Okay, that is certainly unfair, if that is happening.  Trying to control what people write on social media, however, is a little bit like trying to bail out a sinking canoe.  If someone wants to write a negative review and not pay a penalty, they’ll find a way to do it, even if it means getting cousin Gertrude…

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