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Started by angelico on Jul 5, 2020 11:20:51 AM
Which is the most toxic of the social media?
angelico - 05 Jul 2020 11:23:31 (#1 of 177)

A fine example of facebook posted elsewhere here.

angelico - 05 Jul 2020 11:23:51 (#2 of 177)

I mean, seriously, how are we letting this continue?

TommyDGNR8 - 05 Jul 2020 11:27:04 (#3 of 177)

Newspaper comment sections.

Verdigris - 05 Jul 2020 11:28:49 (#4 of 177)

I thought Cleggy was supposed to be cleaning up Faceache. Seems he's as easy a pushover for Zuckerberg as he was for Cameron.

Ginmonkey - 05 Jul 2020 11:29:36 (#5 of 177)

You don't have to use Facebook. I only use it cos some older friends and relatives seem to find it the easiest social media platform to use. I rarely post on it or read it.

Verdigris - 05 Jul 2020 11:31:03 (#6 of 177)

JtT is the only social medium I use, to ensure I have no effect on the wider world.

yumyum - 05 Jul 2020 11:32:16 (#7 of 177)

I use Facebook to put photos of my puppy and also to run the nursing home's page. It has had its day though.

Lawlsie - 05 Jul 2020 11:35:45 (#8 of 177)

On Twitter they call Facebook a cesspit. On Facebook they call Twitter a cesspit.

And this place says both are cesspits.

yumyum - 05 Jul 2020 11:36:32 (#9 of 177)

I wasn't tough enough for Twitter. Had to run away, I'm too soft.

tasselhoff - 05 Jul 2020 11:38:01 (#10 of 177)

Twitter's fine.

TommyDGNR8 - 05 Jul 2020 11:38:06 (#11 of 177)

I was a latecomer to Facebook and quite like it generally. It doesn't seem as easy to come across contentious stuff as it does on Twitter. I tend to the notion that Twitter regulars are the online equivalent of the 5'4" fella in the pub on Saturday night that starts the fight then hides in the toilet.

limegreen - 05 Jul 2020 11:38:24 (#12 of 177)

For both there are areas of cess pit. Just because we are in the nice bit of the house above, doesn't mean the miasma won't affect us.

My twitter and Facebook are baby pics, links to houses I can't afford and lefty outrage. But there is plenty of nastiness spreading in other echo chambers.

Ginmonkey - 05 Jul 2020 11:43:42 (#13 of 177)

I find with social media it pays to define your terms quite tightly.

For Facebook I only post about social stuff, never talk about work or politics and only ever connect with people who I am friends with IRL.

Twitter I use to follow debates or find things out I am interested in but I never tweet.

angelico - 05 Jul 2020 11:48:39 (#14 of 177)

Yes - I generally use fb for family stuff or local community. And I still get shitty far-right posts shared, or advertising I'm suspic of. So everyone else does too, I guess.

The community pages I post on are lovely - remarkable support and help for the estate I live on. But those same people are receiving nasty shit all the time. I can't help think that these good neighbours will be materially influenced by lies.

Doesn't this freak anyone here out like it does me?

mingmong - 05 Jul 2020 11:49:13 (#15 of 177)

For Facebook I only post about social stuff, never talk about work or politics and only ever connect with people who I am friends with IRL.

Me too, generally. People do occasionally flaunt their politics on FB, and in some cases it gives me a good insight into how the other half think. Because these are people who I know (neighbours, ex colleagues, family members etc.) I tend to remain civil. If I engage with their politics at all, I try and establish common ground, or discreetly offer an alternative point of view.

Twitter, it seems to me, provides little incentive to do this - in the political arena at least it seems to be all about choruses of bubble-heads, spiralling into ever more entrenched positions. Though, as with all these things, it depends how you use it. Not all Twitter is politics, and I know some people find it a useful way of connecting with people with shared interests, specialisms etc. Facebook can also do the same.

Ginmonkey - 05 Jul 2020 11:55:47 (#16 of 177)

I never get political ads - just those strange American or far Eastern sites that offer bizarre looking recipes or "craft hacks".

Lawlsie - 05 Jul 2020 12:15:12 (#17 of 177)

I needed treatment for blocked ears. I got a great recommendation on Twitter. I might have found this person myself but you can’t beat a personal recommendation. This is someone who tweets with their real name and lives in same town.

I’ve had other useful advice and help on there.

Facebook is mainly for friends and family but I get work from it too via several groups I belong to.

I couldn’t really do without either.

moto748 - 05 Jul 2020 12:19:07 (#18 of 177)

I'm like many: Twitter refusenik and FB user less and less. I think the basic premise alone of Twitter inevitably leads to an increase in the world total of fuckwittery, plus, the whole idea of 'following' people... IIJM? But of course many people can and get something out of it. Zuck has been FB's own biggest enemy lately. I wonder if they are holed under the water.

Verdigris - 05 Jul 2020 12:24:30 (#19 of 177)

I wonder if they are holed under the water.

Bound to be, with the Cleggster aboard.

angelico - 05 Jul 2020 12:28:24 (#20 of 177)

They could fix it if they want to. It’s not like they’re short of cash.

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