In this week’s segment of What The Community Has To Say, Erin Gibson talks about Facebook changing its news feed to include more interactions with one another and fewer posts from news organizations. She talks about memes that say things such as “if you support gun control, unfriend me” or other similar memes. This segment aired on February 11, 2018.
I have an announcement.
I will not unfriend you on Facebook just because you post a meme asking me to do so.
You know the ones that say “If you support gun control, unfriend me” or “If you don’t think blue lives matter, unfriend me.”
Yeah. I’m not doing that.
When I run into you in the grocery store or see you at a family gathering, these meme issues aren’t the first thing we talk about. In fact, they don’t come up at all.
We talk about kids, parents, pets, jobs, home improvements, vacations…you know, the reason we’re connected on Facebook in the first place.
We’re friends because of the people and experiences we have in common.
I bring this up now for a reason. Facebook is changing its news feed to include more interactions with each other and fewer posts from news organizations.
That means you’ll see more opinions and less independently and objectively reported news.
It will further isolate us into political bubbles where we’re only exposed to like-minded ideas.
What can you do?
Don’t passively consume news.
Visit credible news sites, and if you like a story there, click the share on Facebook button.
Here’s another idea – get off the computer. Have more face-to-face conversations with your Facebook friends.
You’ll quickly remember you have more in common in real life than you do online.
I’m Erin Gibson, and that’s what I have to say.