Facebook war vs. political war
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Facebook war vs. political war

Washington : DC : USA | Sep 22, 2012 at 2:47 AM PDT
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Facebook users are starting to get a bit restless about the massive numbers of political posts. Users are deleting friends right and left. Arguments start up frequently over Republican vs. Democrat ideologies. Conservatives, especially ones who take everything Fox News says like it is a message straight from God, refuse to believe Mitt Romney is bad for the country.

They refuse to even do their own research and view comments from Romney on sites like YouTube so they know the other person isn’t just making stuff up. To them, if Fox says it’s true, it must be so, and the other person is just a liar. Equally disturbing is that most of those same conservatives are the right wing radical Christians who want government to be a theocracy, not a democracy.

They could attend a Romney rally and hear him say from his own mouth, live, in person, that he is going to raise their taxes, start a nuclear war, ban all forms of birth control, privatize Social Security (which means Wall Street decides how much you get or don’t get) and he’s going to send your job to China, and they’ll still vote for him because he is Republican. This is the kind of debate that is causing friends to delete other friends, sometimes even friends of long duration and even relatives.

It doesn’t help things when Facebook changes formats so often, because people get confused about what all they can do to restrict certain posts from showing up on their wall. Facebook has made it pretty flexible, but the trick is getting people to learn the correct settings for their preferences, so they just take the easiest way out and delete friends.

So here’s how to customize what is on your wall and keep friends.

Make a new list, like maybe from of one of your companies you worked for that you don’t have any friends from those who were co-workers. Then go to the profile of any friend whose posts you want to limit. Hover over the word friend. A list will show up. Check that friend into the newly created group, and then uncheck them from the group you had them in. Then un-check show in news feed. Right below that is “settings." Go to that one and decide what types of updates you want to see of theirs. Then go to the arrow to the right of HOME and go to privacy settings. Hit friends. This control prevents others who ar enot on your frriends list from posting comments to your posts, and should prevent unwanted comments from showing up on posts of the friend you put in the new group.

Now you should be able to have a political-free wall. Granted, if you have a ton of friends, and half of them are political, it may take some time to go to everyone’s profile and limiting their exposure, but if you value the idea of at least trying to keep a friend, it’d be worth it.

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JimMartin is based in Statesville, North Carolina, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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