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I have a Facebook page. Most readers probably have one or had one. It is a great tool to connect with family, friends, and associates. You can create pages to support causes you believe in or even promote a product or service. Most media and politicians also have pages, so you can keep up with the latest information they deliver. As with anything, however, there are two sides to Facebook. The ugly side is censorship. Now, I know some have experienced Facebook censoring some information posted on their pages, but, this is not the censorship that concerns me. What I am upset over is the way some people think they have the right to bully others and get "outraged" over something that a friend has posted or shared. Yesterday, a family member shared a meme on my page and all hell broke loose. Another family member objected to the message on the meme and voiced it in the comments section. Then another family member got involved with their comments. The end result was the original objector deleted or un-friended the one who'd posted the meme. Now, there are hurt feelings. My question is this, why do people think they have the right to do this? What ever happened to freedom of speech? Isn't that why Facebook has provided the remove or delete this post feature? If I don't like something that shows up in my newsfeed, that is what I do. I'd never presume to tell someone that they shouldn't post something on my friend's page. It is none of my business. I disagree with many of the posts I see. So, if you are a friend or family member or associate of mine and you don't like my post, just delete it or me. But, you aren't going to shut me up!

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Do you think friends should censor other friends on Facebook?

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    sb

    People will always remember how you made them feel.

    by imeanit on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 10:56:12 AM PDT

  •  The First Amendment does not mean (9+ / 0-)

    others can't voice disapproval. Nor does it mean Facebook can't remove something. It simply means the government cannot suppress speech. What you have described is not "censorship."

    Now, was a reaction warranted? I don't know. I don't know what meme you're talking about. But I do know that people sometimes post stupid, offensive shit on Facebook, and when I see it I usually unfriend the person. I might even leave a comment voicing my disapproval. If one posts something controversial on Facebook, one should be prepared for a reaction. If I get a right-wing reaction on something I post, the "unfriend" option also comes in handy.

    Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

    by Chrislove on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 11:16:03 AM PDT

    •  Also, (4+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron, Clues, KateCrashes, sb

      if it was a mutual friend, I could understand commenting, since that shows up in the feed. If it wasn't, then I do agree it's weird to be commenting on the post, since it would probably mean they were creeping on your wall.

      Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

      by Chrislove on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 11:26:06 AM PDT

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  •  Agree with Chris Love (1+ / 0-)
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    KateCrashes

    What the OP is talking about has NOTHING to do with censorship or free speech.  It's unfortunate that Facebook, which is supposed to be enjoyable, gets into so many political.  Sometimes I almost wish that Facebook would exercise their right to censor all political comments, or at least create a tool that we could use to block them.

    Too Informed to Vote Republican

    by disastertothewench on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 11:50:30 AM PDT

  •  I'm probably (1+ / 0-)
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    imeanit

    misinterpreting your poll question. Or the answers.

    Do I think friends should censor friends on FB - No, I think everyone has the right to post on their wall what they want. That's why they have a FB, to say the things they want to say.  Others can, of course, disagree with it, debate it, and post counter-arguments - but they don't have the right to  bully other commenters in someone else's FB. They can do that in their own FB.

    On the other hand, Yes, I think the person who has the FB has every right to moderate and control the comments on their own wall, to prevent someone from bullying others in their space - it would be like going into someone's home and picking a fight with their guests or family members.  I have the right to ask the aggressive person to leave, to prevent them from being rude, cruel, vicious, etc. in my space.

    The other person, of course, has every right to go to their own FB and post whatever they want on their wall.  I can choose to ignore or engage in it and they can decide how far I can go on their space.

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    by Noddy on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 12:00:07 PM PDT

  •  I'm probably considered a jerk (2+ / 0-)
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    by my republican friends because I love arguing politics so much.  I don't post much political stuff, but if they do I like pointing out how wrong they are.  Unfortunately, that doesn't go over well sometimes.  But you can't leave half-truths or untruths just hanging there, can you?  Well, I guess you can, but I can't.  LOL!

    I had a friend's wife post a negative comment about people on foodstamps so I asked her why she wanted to let the children of poor people go hungry.  She deleted my post (fine) but then had her husband write my husband telling him to tell me not to jump down her throat.  WTH?

    It's a bit funny when republicans don't have a good response.  They revert to fourth grade.

  •  2 things: (2+ / 0-)
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    KateCrashes, sjburnman

    1)  It isn't censorship if you are controlling your personal space - censorship is when government of other organizations control what the general public says.

    2)  Paragraphs are useful.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 01:13:35 PM PDT

  •  Unfriending (0+ / 0-)

    I unfriended and banned my youngest brother from my Facebook account after one too many nasty comments and put downs about my beliefs.

    The full story is here.

    The thing is you may not know the whole story. Also free speech does not mean I or anyone else has to put up with abuse. I chose to block it.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 03:52:53 PM PDT

  •  I don't ever unfriend unless it's very uncalled (1+ / 0-)
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    sb

    for and I don't usually mean anything political.  I am far left and so my views are not going to be the exact same as all of my family and friends. I also am aware that I am certain to say things they don't agree with and would expect them to be adult about it and not instantly hit a block button, because their eyes are too tender to accept that our views are not all the same, all the time.

      So I am willing and able to hear other sides without getting furious and unfriend just because I disagree.  That is literally part of being a Progressive....tolerance.  
    If you can't even hear another side or listen to any other view other than your own...how would you ever expect anyone to listen to you?? How would you ever expect to change anyone's mind, if they never hear you because you are so closed minded that you won't allow debate??  
    All views and all positions are valid as long as the holder of such is sincere.  Even if their views are callous to you or against everything you believe, you have to have some tolerance in order to listen, debate and then perhaps change a heart.  

  •  there's an easy solution to your problem. (0+ / 0-)

    don't use fb.

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