Facebook and Politics

Social Media:

I don’t know about you, but my Facebook is getting full of posts about politics.  Sometimes I agree with my Facebook friend, and sometimes I don’t.  Sometimes the posts are downright offensive!  I have a trick I use to minimize the number of times I see those offensive posts. It also helps minimize the times that those people can see my posts and start trolling.

Other People’s Posts:

I am assuming that you still want to be Facebook friends, you just want to see less of some of the posts that makes your blood boil!  If you don’t want to keep in touch with that person, by all means, press the “unfriend” button.  Otherwise, follow these steps:

Bring up the person’s Facebook page and click on the down arrow next to the “Friends” button.

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Then click on “Acquaintances” and make sure the “Get Notifications” option is unchecked.

Remember that Facebook uses algorithms to figure out what to show you.  If you check out that person’s page, it is more likely that their posts will show up on your feed. Facebook needs to be trained!

If something does show up on your feed that you don’t want to see, click the down arrow on the right side of the post and select “Hide Post”.

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You’ll get another pop-up after clicking on “Hide post” that looks like this.  Here you have another choice.  Do you want to see less from that particular person? Or do you want to see less from their source.  Click on your option and continue on your way through your news feed.

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Your Own Posts:

Sometimes it’s good to minimize who sees your posts as well.  Now, that will be easy for you to do.  When you post a news story or your own opinion that may be controversial to some, you can select who gets to see it.  Click on the down arrow to the left of the “Post” button and select who can see this post.  If you select “Friends except Acquaintances”, then all the people you’ve categorized as Acquaintances will not see that post.

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I hope these tips help you keep your sanity through this election season!

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