to think that people shouldn't post about their political or religious views on Facebook?

(46 Posts)
HeartLanaDelRay Thu 21-Mar-13 23:05:38

I have my own views. Everyone has their own views.

I don't understand people that need people to know their views on this subject.

I'm all for people having whatever political or religious views they want, I just don't want either of them preached to me.


YouTheCat Thu 21-Mar-13 23:06:39

I'd just settle for no more racist shit in my newsfeed.

Hah you want to get some vegan friends lol

YouTheCat Thu 21-Mar-13 23:09:23

Oh god no! grin

I do have one religious zealot who bangs on about Palestine being evil an awful lot. I've hidden everything he posts and he'll be going in the cull.

pompompom Thu 21-Mar-13 23:09:35

I wish people wouldn't post pictures of the first time their DC shit in a potty

SwedishEdith Thu 21-Mar-13 23:10:18

I think FB should only ever be used for even more pictures of kittens

ravenAK Thu 21-Mar-13 23:11:01


You are perfectly within your rights not to post anything, yourself, pertaining to your political or religious views.

Other people quite enjoy using FB to discuss their views.

I have several friends with views very much opposed to mine - I like having my ideas challenged. It clarifies my own thinking & sometimes modifies it.

But if you don't like being preached at, it's a simple matter to ignore, 'hide' or defriend the preachy types, surely?

OrangeLily Thu 21-Mar-13 23:11:02

Why not? What's wrong with a bit of intelligent discussion?

What are you meant to talk about?

I don't mind them posting as long as I'm allowed to disagree publicly too. If they post about the new Pope, I should be allowed to post about what I think. Some people like the cut and trust of debate, some people want to spout unchallenged.

YABU. Do you also think your mates shouldn't contradict you in the pub, or over coffee? confused

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Thu 21-Mar-13 23:13:09

If facebookey people didn't post their political and religious views, I would not know who to despise on any given day.

WorraLiberty Thu 21-Mar-13 23:13:54

I'd rather they posted that than photos of their dinner.

Or even of their DH cooking dinner like it's something so wonderful it needs to be shared with the world.

HeartLanaDelRay Thu 21-Mar-13 23:14:47

Do you also think your mates shouldn't contradict you in the pub, or over coffee?

No that's not what I'm saying.

I just think political and religious views are different to that.

If someone was preaching on the street about God would you stand and listen to them?

aldiwhore Thu 21-Mar-13 23:16:15

Just hide it all.

I am not keen.

But I wouldn't say it shouldn't be done or they shouldn't be allowed because I agree with freedom of opinion.

I also believe that if someone posts something stupid on FB, something they have a right to post, then I have the right to tell them with a smile that they are twats. Or I can just delete them.

Recently I've rather enjoyed the arguments.

YouTheCat Thu 21-Mar-13 23:17:16

I just like the kitten pictures and the PA quotes. grin

aldiwhore Thu 21-Mar-13 23:17:17

Worr photos of people's dinner (usually looks crap) is the ONE thing that stops me snacking inbetween meals, or even eating meals at all... BLURGH. They always look SO SHIT!!!

Sunnywithshowers Thu 21-Mar-13 23:17:26


YouTheCat Thu 21-Mar-13 23:19:45

I also post photos of the cakes I bake on Friday. This weeks cake will be coffee.

WorraLiberty Thu 21-Mar-13 23:20:26

If someone was preaching on the street about God would you stand and listen to them?


And nor do I read their FB status'....I simply scroll down the newsfeed which is the same as walking on by in the street.

aldi I'm surprised Slimming World hasn't got in on the act grin

SwedishEdith Thu 21-Mar-13 23:24:38

grin at "hide it all" I wonder if anyone has just hidden everyone on their FB feed. I love the people who seem to post lots of pictures of their face. Why? grin


You sound intolerant.

ToysRLuv Fri 22-Mar-13 02:23:40

YABU, but I don't like preachy types either. Neither do I enjoy debates ( they take up too much energy and really wind me up). My solution is to ignore and hide preachy people - stay clear of that negative energy. However, everyone's entitled to their opinion and have a right to express it on fb, as well (within the limits of legality of course).

It's useful to get and share links to articles. It's encouraging to know that anti-racist, like-minded people live nearby. It's very useful for organising meetings, protests about budget cuts, etc. if you didn't have politics and religious views on the www you'd be left with just kittens and porn.

HillBilly76 Fri 22-Mar-13 02:55:48

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HollyBerryBush Fri 22-Mar-13 06:06:50

I have one who keeps posting those god damed American pictures, you know, child in mini uniform saluting a coffin with 'click like if you think he's a hero' - I just have to argue the toss on that one along with the usual 'ex squaddies with no legs get X pound benefit, Immigrants with 30 children get Y pounds' - I can argue for hours on that one

NotTreadingGrapes Fri 22-Mar-13 06:16:30

I presume these people are your friends?

There you are then.

You chose 'em.

AwkwardSquad Fri 22-Mar-13 06:24:45

I don't like those posts 'if we get a million clicks our dad will get us a puppy'. Or the military as hero ones. Any of the sentimental, sanctimonious, lowest-common-demominator ones that get shared by tons of people. I get bored with those tedious ones about other people's kids doing what kids do. But do you know what? I can just flick past them in the news feed. It's up to other people what they post, I don't have to read them. They don't have to read mine. I probably bore other people too.


ArtVandelay Fri 22-Mar-13 06:36:06

YABU and missing the point of FB. If you don't like something then hide it or delete the person. I enjoy my mad vegan friends posts even if I don't always agree. I don't like racist posts but they show me who is an arse and who I can delete and ignore IRL. Control your FB and its an enjoyable thing IMO.

ChairmanWow Fri 22-Mar-13 06:54:58

It's the chain mail/like or this kid will die of cancer/look what I've had for dinner stuff that pisses me off. Me and many of my friends have strong political views and I get lots of information from FB. If it bothers you then hide or unfriend. I have with people who continually post inane nonsense.

It's your FB feed. Control it how you want, but don't ask people not to post stuff that interests them (unless racist, misogynistic etc). That's just rude.

KatyTheCleaningLady Fri 22-Mar-13 06:56:47

Facebook is for me to stay in touch with my friends and family. I am interested in them as people and I like hearing their opinions.

Kytti Fri 22-Mar-13 06:57:19

lol hollyberrybush I'm always getting into trouble for wading in like that too! I love slaying the hoax chain mails too. Bit sick of seeing lost dogs & stuff too. More kittens please!

Cakethrow Fri 22-Mar-13 07:04:10

The whole idea of having your own Facebook page is so you can post what you want on it.

weegiemum Fri 22-Mar-13 07:05:23

Up until 2 days ago I was fine about the religious stuff, but then a "friend" of mine posted about the type of man she wants to meet. I did a lighthearted reply and she totally laid into me about my religious views. I'm standing quite clear for a bit now!

glamourousgranny42 Fri 22-Mar-13 07:05:31

YABU. I often use my fb to publicise campaigns and political issues. I also use it to highlight the importance of questioning and challenging the monarchy and religion. I am a left wing republical humanist and I suspect some of my friends don't always agree with me. I love a debate and discussion and I know people will have different views. I can't stand blind ignorance or racism and those people are just deleted. If someone sat in my house and spouted offensive views they would be asked to. Fb is the same.

glamourousgranny42 Fri 22-Mar-13 07:06:08

Oops. Asked to leave.

NewAtThisMalarky Fri 22-Mar-13 07:09:09

I'd far rather read someone's political or religious views than what they had for dinner or how much ironing they've done.

Facebook is full of inane tripe. It's great to see some discussion-worthy topics sometimes!

And yes I use it, but it's a useful tool for me for work.

BeckAndCall Fri 22-Mar-13 07:12:32

Exactly what katythecleaninglady said.

SoWhatIfImWorkingClass Fri 22-Mar-13 07:21:26

Another one that's annoying is:

"Soooo fucking angry what a fucking prick!"

"Aww what's up hun?"

"I'll inbox you hun. I can't put it on here."

Cue lots of other people saying similar things an then the person is getting all the attention they intended to get. It would be quite funny if nobody replied at all.

RubyGates Fri 22-Mar-13 08:22:06

I have friends who have very different views to me, I like to know why they think the way the do and to have spirited debates with them. Surely you only don't want to hear others' views if you're not sure about why you think the way you do.

If the post is badly thought out or offensive: HIDE IT.
If the same "friend" keeps doing the same thing HIDE or defriend them


Feminine Fri 22-Mar-13 08:24:48

I have hidden about 70% of my friends.

Even if I like them, I might not enjoy their interests...

now it takes 2 secs to scroll grin

BackforGood Fri 22-Mar-13 08:49:27

Surely the way FB works, is that you select whose posts you want to be reading ? Have I missed something ? confused
If you don't want to read someone's posts about what is going on in the world, then don't have them as your friend.
A lot easier to filter than a site such as this, where of course anyone can post whatever they like (within guidelines).

Trills Fri 22-Mar-13 08:49:58

YAB ridiculous

Beksybob Fri 22-Mar-13 09:03:16

I hate the ones where couples write smushy notes to each other. Why would anyone want to see that?!

notimefors Fri 22-Mar-13 09:05:37

I quite like reading my friends' views on everything. None of them are idiots although we don't all share the same opinions, so it's interesting.

I don't mind pictures of dinners either.

Hate the quotes. Gosh how I hate the quotes.

notimefors Fri 22-Mar-13 09:07:29

Actually, thinking about the quotes, I may have to take back the 'my friends are not idiots' comment I just made.
Anyone posting those must be a bit idioty.

YouTheCat Fri 22-Mar-13 09:16:19

I don't mind people's political and religious stuff really, unless they are being racist, homophobic etc - then it's time to pull the plug on them.

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