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the world is a stage
One little thing I don't quite understand about Facebook: every now and then I see posts by friends in which they make a big stand about some issue (and very often one that I'll agree with, but then that's the social media echo chamber at work, isn't it) -something that seems to be addressed to the whole world, calling for action or denouncing something. Only thing, it's a restricted post that only their friends can see...


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djpsyche From: djpsyche Date: June 14th, 2016 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
That's because trolls.
How many "friends" does an average Facebook user have? Several hundred? Over a thousand? That's not exactly a table of your mates down the pub.
I've learned full well that complete strangers don't listen to what a stranger who's on the opposite side of the political divide has to say on Facebook, and that public posts bring drama. I for one could do without the drama. I discovered that I had accidentally set my Facebook settings to disallow comments by non-friends, which is fantastic, because a few times people have asked me to make posts public so they can share them, and I've been able to do so without risking a troll invasion.
Also, there's the issue of public posts being visible to people like employers or estranged parents. One might not want to be vocally a socialist when one works for a large bank, or post pro-LGBT links in full view of one's conservative parents.
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