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Online Political Rants: Is Unfriending the Answer?
By: Christine Geraci
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It's election season. Presidential election season. So even more than normal, you're going to be dealing with the online political rantings of your friends. Perhaps you're the one doing the ranting. 
 
 
Talking politics on social networks is never a good idea, because you never know who you're offending, Farley says. You could be putting off your boss, your brother-in-law, or worse, your mother. 
 
Etiquette expert, please. 
 
The next time you see a political rant you don't like on Facebook, here's what you do: Mouse over the post, click the little arrow that appears in the upper right-hand corner of the post, then click on it. Then click "hide." 
 
If the political rant is from someone you're close to, here's what you do: Go to their profile, click on "friends," and then uncheck "show in news feed." 
 
If the rant is in 140 characters or less, then unfollow. 
 
You see what I'm getting at here? 
 
If you don't like what someone has to say, it's easy to ignore it. If that person's political rants get them in trouble, so be it. Let them worry about that. If it's really that obnoxious, then you should do them the courtesy of talking to them in person or messaging them privately.
 
Otherwise, no one really has any business telling someone not to express their political views via social media. Or on television. Or on the bus at 7:30 a.m. Or anywhere, really. 
 
Because I'd hardly call the act of trying to stifle the first amendment rights of others with public shaming or threats of unfriending "etiquette." 
 
Thoughts?


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Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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