The image on the left was found on my Facebook timeline as I was writing my previous post on Spreading Hate, and I think it is a perfect example of what I was discussing. The person in the comments section below obviously doesn’t agree with the sentiment expressed on the image above, but by the act of responding to it has now made that image available to everyone that follows or is friends with her.
Here is how to stop the spread of hate on your timeline: (While this example is on Facebook, the same settings and tools are available on most social media platforms.)
In the upper right hand corner of the image above, you can see the drop down of options to edit what appears in your timeline. It is there in nearly every post that you see.
- If you choose the “Hide Post” option, Facebook will try to identify the content matter and will filter your feed and theoretically work to show you less of that “type” of message. It is the most passive way to influence what you see and is only slightly better than ignoring it all together.
- If you choose the “Unfollow” option, you will no longer see anything that the person you are friends with posts or shares. They will not be notified, and it will keep everything they post off of your timeline, but might not be the option for you if it is somebody close to you that you need/want to keep up with.
- If you choose the “Hide All From” option, it will not effect what you see from the person involved, but it will block all content from whoever created that post initially. This is a great option for selectively “curating” those items you don’t want to see. The drawback to this obviously is that there are hundreds of thousands of entities creating content daily, so the effectiveness of this option is much less than the second.
The tools above really come down to your preference and how much “bad stuff” you are willing to live with while following a particular person or entity.
Let me know if there is any other way I can help, and thank you for doing your part to Stop Hate.