People who report things on Facebook really irk me.
I’m not talking about reporting the blatantly obvious offensive things like porn, hate speech, or physical violence, those things do need to be reported, absolutely. Only those truly offensive things are often ignored by Facebook. For example, when I reported a video on a Facebook page of a woman getting beheaded and Facebook told me “it didn’t violate their community standards”. A tad ridiculous considering content that isn’t even offensive is reported and deleted without question.
People report posts that have differentiating political opinions or religious views, and anything else they deem offensive – even if it’s just a mother breastfeeding her child. Tongue-in-cheek humor and memes are commonly reported by those easily offended.
It’s utterly ridiculous, but sadly…not at all surprising that people would report someone for having a different political opinion or religious view. It shouldn’t be that way, of course – it’s a lot like being on a diet and expecting everyone in the world to also be on that diet, but it happens.
I don’t consider myself offensive at all. I advocate for those living with mental illness and chronic pain, I share content that is relevant to those things. I also share content that is relevant to writing and books. I understand that not everybody “cares” about mental illness and chronic pain, and a lot of people find book stuff “spammy”. I find celebrity news boring and pointless, but you won’t find me reporting posts from people who enjoy reading and sharing it.
A lot of my friends get reported on the daily for basically all of their posts. I can only assume it’s a troll, or someone who is purposely being malicious because they are deeply unsatisfied with their own life. I haven’t had the misfortune of being targeted (yet, although I put nothing past the bottom feeders of the Internet these days), but I have been reported on Facebook for ridiculous things. A long time ago, I shared a post about squats that just so happened to have a woman’s butt in it. Not a naked butt, mind you, but a toned butt to accent what squats can do for ones bottom. Makes sense, right? And yet…someone reported it, and Facebook removed it.
It’s like…why can’t we all just play nice? Oh, right, because people are dicks.
So I have something to say to the people who sit there and consistently report other peoples posts on Facebook:
You, sir or madame, are a jackass, and frankly…you need to realize that the world does not revolve around you. You may have been “irritated” to see yet another humorous meme that is outside your realm of comprehension pop up in your newsfeed, or perhaps a political or human rights movement that you simply detest, but you have the power to click the “hide post” option. Hell, you could even unfriend the people who so often offend you.
It seriously just speaks volumes for how narcissistic society is. It’s like the vast majority of people on Facebook think “Oh, I don’t want to see that, it’s not funny at all to me so that must mean that NOBODY wants to see it. I’ll do everyone a favor and report it! I have saved the day!”
Your superhero power is being a dick and you do it well. Too well, if you ask me.
I like to live by the motto of “live and let live”. I don’t always agree with people or support their ramblings online, but if something personally offends me and isn’t widely offensive: I won’t report it; I’ll hit ‘hide post’ or unfriend. It’s not my business what someone else shares on their Facebook. I can totally post my own rants or ramblings on my page, but their page – that’s for them, even if I don’t necessarily agree with what they posted. The beautiful thing about social media is we can chose to see the content we see, but there’s still a code of ethics involved.
So, I implore you; stop reporting things on Facebook that only annoy or offend you. Start using the “hide post” button, or unfriend people that supposedly annoy you so much that you have to report them. Then, you don’t have to see the things you don’t want to see, but those who do want to see them and do find it relevant or humorous still can. Also, I won’t have to be irritated at some faceless individual on the Internet.
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