- 3. If one speaks lashon hara in front of 3 or more individuals, some say, that they’re permitted to pass on the information, as they can assume that anyway it will become public knowledge. This is so, only if their intention is not to publicize this information, and according to some authorities this applies only on the condition that the topic happens to come up in conversation.
4. One who hears the lashon hara from one of the three individuals, is forbidden to pass it on. He is also not allowed to mention the name of the individual who told him the lashon hara, as this too, is lashon hara. If the information is already public, it is permitted to repeat it [some say that this too is permitted only when said in passing].