"Seeing" things a little differently
Facebook has recently come under attack for failing to enforce its own guidelines on hate speech and violent imagery. Is it a website’s job to moderate the content its users post, or should users have complete freedom? Is there a happy medium? If so, how would you structure it?
Today’s WordPress prompt is certainly a challenge for me. I am definitely an advocate of free speech along with the rest of our constitutional rights, but this subject is comparable to a double-edged sword.
Let’s talk about Facebook… Facebook began as a social site, connecting friends together to post messages, entertain and meet other Facebook users.
As it grew and became the worlds leading social media outlet, changes were being made to comply with the rapid increase of users. I have very strong personal opinions about what should or should not be aired publicly on a social site but I am also very tuned in to the fact that not everyone feels the same as I do. People have different opinions and beliefs. Facebook must make themselves satisfying to the masses in order to stay on top of their game….that’s just good business.
Personally… I would rather not see the hate speech (and I saw a lot of this during the presidential election) or the violent images. BUT, dear Facebook users…YOU do have the option to delete a person that is known to post these types of things. You actually have the control to view it or not. If you don’t like something that a friend posts then delete them!
Facebook should control posts that are threatening to others, bullying or porn images. (There are private sites for this type of thing for those of you that want that.) Facebook should concern themselves with monitoring things such as this to keep harm from happening to anyone. They should be careful to not intimidate their users for every little gripe or groan someone may have. Monitor but monitor carefully.
The real gripe I have with Facebook…
Is the advertisements that I am forced to look at (for the life of me I cannot figure out how to stop this.) People posting pictures that you know have been altered and is a hoax and advocates for issues such as animal abuse who post pictures of mutilated animals and cruelty. Currently the trendiest thing happening now is posting recipes (which should be left to pinterest.) Oh, and I have to add the people that tell us every single thing they did that day from brushing their teeth, what they are wearing, to what they ate for dinner! Come on peeps…do we really need to know all of this?
Aside from my own silly rantings about the above (which I have the option to delete the ones that irritate me as I said before.) Facebook is a social media site and we do have freedom of speech. So the bottom line here is