A series of tweets from a lawyer’s account have caused outrage among his followers.
One tweet posted on Tuesday reads: “When you’re facing threats and abuse, just stop.
It’s pointless, it’s unfair, and it’s going to make you miserable.
It might even be hurting your chances of ever getting hired.”
A second tweet, posted on Thursday, has a similar message.
The lawyer has since deleted the first one, but his followers are still angry about it.
He posted a response to his critics on Thursday afternoon.
“There are so many people who have been following my account for a long time who do not understand what I’m trying to say, and yet are still continuing to do so,” he said.
“This is not just about me.
I am going to stand up for my right to say what I think is right. “
I don’t know what I would say to them, but I am not going to back down from what I have said.
I am going to stand up for my right to say what I think is right.
I think the internet is a wonderful thing.
It is a very powerful thing, and I do not wish to undermine it.
But there are people out there who are making a mistake in their hearts, who are taking it to extremes and in some cases making them very, very sick.”
A third tweet was also deleted.
The tweets come after lawyer Paul J Worsham was threatened online after he questioned a police officer’s decision to arrest a homeless man in a car park in Adelaide.
Worsman was not the first lawyer to take issue with the use of Twitter.
Earlier this month, the Federal Government announced a new social media guidelines, which will make it more difficult for lawyers to be fired.
The rules say lawyers can be fired for expressing views on Twitter that are “unacceptable”, or for “harassment or intimidation”.
It also says lawyers can lose their legal practice if their posts on social media are “misleading, misleading or misleading”.
Worsam says his tweets about the incident at the car park were not intended to be threatening, but they were clearly not appropriate.
“It’s just an attempt to make it sound like I’m making the point that you don’t need to follow me on Twitter if you’re not going after me,” he told ABC Adelaide.
“That is not my point, that’s not what I said, and this is not the sort of thing that you can fire me for.”