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Political Comments on Facebook

How Do You Handle Negative or Political Facebook Comments?

We may not be in a presidential election year, but that doesn't mean there's a shortage of political commentary flying around the web. If you choose to voice your support for an up-and-coming politician, a certain cause or bill, or a controversial celebrity in a public forum like Facebook, you're inviting comments from supporters and opponents alike.

I've never been one to wear my political colors on my sleeve, but plenty of people aren't shy about sharing their true feelings. A friend recently shared a politically charged link on Facebook that received an interesting response— find out what happened (and share your opinion) after the jump.

After posting a link referring to a political figure on her page, a friend commented with several strongly worded responses voicing her disapproval. The nature of the comments was so negative and super-political that my friend not only deleted the comments, but she also unfriended the commenter.

How would you have handled this situation? I believe that a person's Facebook page is an extension of their personality, and that any thoughts they choose to post are reasonable; I also believe that it's their right to censor the comments at their own will. Do you agree?

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suziryder suziryder 6 years
I agree with your friend. I had something similar happen to me - I put up my status and a friend made a really rude, hurtful and embarrassing (for me) comment on it. She took the opportunity to make a public and kind of nasty dig at me (other people had liked and commented on the status, so she knew at least those people would be sure to see it), completely out of the blue. I thought about it for a couple minutes and then I deleted her comment, but I didn't unfriend her... but we're not really in communication much anymore either.
mlssbnd mlssbnd 6 years
Totally agree with the your friends actions. Just like they have the right to comment negatively, your friend is has the right to delete the comments and unfriend the commenter. I see a wall as a personal forum and the forum owner has the right to kick off anything they dont like, simple :)
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 6 years
I don't like to post political items on facebook unless I have fully read the item and made sure that it made points to both sides. Being in NY and having relatives live outside of the city I got to hear all about the Islamic community center and peoples views on it. I tend to ignore what other people say because I don't want to harm any relationships (especially with relatives) but only posted something showing both sides. But I hardly post political messages on facebook. It falls into the mindset that I have in real life conversations; don't talk about race, religion or politics.
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
I would have done the same thing in this situation. As long as the friend who posted the link wasn't overly passionate about the link, just sharing information...
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