Tinambac Councilor Jonas Soltes says it’s a no-no to reveal damaging private conversations


Tinambac Councilor Jonas Soltes has given his two cents on the raging issue between content creators Wilbert Tolentino and Zeinab Harake, and disagreed with the disclosure of private conversations.

In a Facebook post, Soltes said it is not okay with him to disclose damaging private conversations to the public as a general rule.

If you do this to a former friend, you can do the same to a friend and this shows that you can never be trusted again, he said.

He said he himself would only post screenshots as a last resort, or when it is absolutely necessary.

It would only be necessary when posting the screenshot would lend authority to an announcement, when it is for fun and would not damage anybody’s credibility or reputation, when it clarifies or settles an issue, and when it is for the greater good, he said.

He also said the deterioration of a relationship is no reason to expose information shared to you in confidence.

If you do this, you cannot be trusted by anybody, he warned.

“My two cents on the Wilbert Tolentino and Zeinab Harake issue:

Posting a damaging private conversation is not OK, or a NO-NO as a rule, except in some cases. If you can expose or do something bad to a former friend, you can always do the same thing to a friend. Once you do that, you can never be trusted again.

As for myself, I only post a screenshot of a private message as last resort, or when doing it is necessary, such as in the following situations:

1. When it lends authority to an announcement, or to any information that needs credibility;

2. When it is just for fun and it does not harm or damage the reputation of anyone;

2.1 When it is unidentifiable;

3. When it clarifies or settles an issue once and for all (although this should be a final course of action only);

4. When it is for the greater good (also as a final course of action only).

Some relationships do not last, and some go sour. But the sad situation does not give us enough reason to expose the private or intimate pieces of information that have been shared to us in confidence. Again, if we can expose easily a former friend, it means we cannot be trusted by anyone—new friend or not,” Soltes posted.

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