Green Speech #11
How was it possible that this Torah prohibition of Loshon hara (derogatory, damaging, hurtful speech and gossip) became to be disregarded by so many people?”
The Chofetz Chaim writes that the average person is simply unaware that the prohibition of Loshon Hara applies to information that is true.
A person can or will say something about another but isn’t in the slightest concerned about their speech of how it might negatively affect someone’s view of another simply because in their mind they are merely saying something true.
Saying something that is derogatory, negative, damaging, painful or gossip about another even if it is true is considered Loshon Hara and prohibited by the Torah.
We will later learn situations when it will be appropriate to express yourself in that way