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FACEBOOK: It’s not responsible for oversharing

Letter by Krystal L. Coates, Sumner on April 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm with 6 Comments »
April 22, 2011 2:25 pm

Re: “Facebook’s ‘too much, maybe, free speech’ problem” (TNT, 4-22).

However unfortunately, each nation’s government has the same right as America to choose whether or not to censor online content. Period.

Facebook cannot be condemned for the more-often-than-not idiotic sharing and commenting of its users.

The writer says that oversharing “used to be” discouraged. Has she checked recently? Oversharing and pointless posting is still being discouraged

Whoever appears on your newsfeed is your friend, family or associate. The only reason they’re on your newsfeed is because you chose for them to be. You can easily hit that “Ignore” button on any unwanted friend request or very easily remove annoyances from your newsfeed entirely.

Don’t hop on the “I hate Facebook because I can’t stand my friends but won’t admit it” bandwagon.

P.S. The dislike button is a terrible idea. Thanks, Facebook for contumaciously abstaining.

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  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    “However unfortunately, each nation’s government has the same right as America to choose whether or not to censor online content. Period.”

    WHAT?? What Bill of Rights are YOU looking at?

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    Online content may be limited by the site owner, but certainly not by the Gubment, except for stuff like kiddie porn.

  3. Rollo_Tomassi says:

    “However unfortunately, each nation’s government has the same right as America to choose whether or not to censor online content. Period.”

    “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights…”

    Please don’t confuse the “ability” with a “right”. As later enumerated in the Bill of Rights, freedom of speech is an inalienable right that a tyrannical government may suppress but may not, by rights, remove.

  4. I don’t have a problem with Facebook – I don’t have an account.

  5. myfootisnumb says:

    I’m not certain if anyone has checked recently but the bill of rights is still only applicable in the United States of America. So countries like China (as mentioned in the article) still have the right to censor what their citizens read, should Facebook choose expand in those countries… Short of overthrowing their government, all we can do is complain about it and be grateful for the rights we do have…

  6. Rollo_Tomassi says:

    myfootisnumb –

    I have no illusions about governments ability to suppress the right of free speech by force, but I’ll never agree that censorship of free speech is a “right” of any government.

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