Are You Guilty Of This FaceBook Faux Pas?

Ok, I have to admit my bullshit meter is more sensitive than most. In the news, in print, from real life and especially on FaceBook, whenever I hear that ding go off in my brain, I go do my research and investigate whether a story is true or not. I’m just wired that way.

Do you take posts on FaceBook as fact? Are you spreading the lies?

But it seems to me that I am not like most people, especially my husband. He’s a jumper. And what I mean by that is, he is constantly jumping on stories/posts and accepting them as fact just because it was shared on FaceBook. It drives me crazy! But he is not alone.

I can not tell you how many times I have seen re-shares of posts going viral of blatant outright lies/misrepresentations/fabrications. People hit that share button without a second thought. They comment, spread and perpetuate FaceBook gossip everyday. Why? To be the first to share a story? Because they want to believe? Because they like sensationalism?

Honestly, I don’t get it. I used to go and comment to correct the misconceptions but I have found that nobody was really interested in the truth. So now I just leave it.

And the funny thing is, is that all of this is done by adults. I see posts everyday of people holding signs saying “Please share and show my daughter how fast things go viral”. Meanwhile, on a different level, they are doing the exact same thing. Maybe because the information is not about someone they know personally so they don’t take it as gossip. But it is.

Do you take posts on FaceBook as fact? Are you spreading the lies?

Here are a few posts that happen quite regularly:

Announcing A Death-The celebrity’s agent has to come out with a statement saying that they are in fact alive. I had a different flip on this one this week. Someone posted Rue McClanahan had died. True, she died in 2010 dude.

News Event-Charles Manson to be released. Yeah right.

Misquotes-I have not read 50 Shades of Grey but I have come across many quotes that were supposedly taken from the book. They were so awful that I had to check them out myself. Upon further research, I found out out the quotes were made up.

False Information-Check UPC codes to know where a product originated. This one especially I love because not only do people spread it on FaceBook, they have people shopping differently too!

It’s the internet people! Anyone can post anything about anything.

Check it out before you share!

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20 thoughts on “Are You Guilty Of This FaceBook Faux Pas?

  1. I always check out glurge and don’t pass it on. I have gotten the same response as Corinne – that they don’t care that it isn’t a true story, it’s just so cute or funny or touching. Stories are great, I love stories. Just don’t pass them on as true.

    And here is my favorite quote about the internet.

    “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet” – Abe Lincoln, 1868

    By the way, you don’t seem to have an rss feed. I’d really like to add you to my reader and I don’t use bloglovin’.

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  2. Once again, I have become all the more appreciative of my Facebook feed, or how I’ve groomed it, as in choosing who I will follow. I am reading lots of complaints about people’s threads about spreading hate and gossip, and I’m not seeing it. Thankfully. Then again, I honestly don’t spend a whole lot of time in my feed as it is a time suck. Somethings do catch my eye. I do hate how FB determines what it thinks I want to see. I just try to get on and get off as quick as I can and take care of notifications and posting. With notifications, yes, I am interacting with others. But I do know what you mean, Elena. And, I may be guilty. But normally, my shares come from credible sources, such as NPR. (Doesn’t that make me sound holy? Ha. Didn’t mean it that way.) Interesting blog. I think I’ve been here before and maybe I heard you speak at BAM15.

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  3. I find it really odd that these missing children never end up TV appeals. The best of it is that you look like a heartless bitch when majority of your friends are sharing and commenting lol
    Lyn x
    thelavenderbarn.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. My bullshit meter is more sensitive than most. I smell it a mile away, but it’s easy to get tricked. It’s not worth fighting the “believers”, they know it all.

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  5. Yes, this. All of this. I live in CO, and right after marijuana was legalized there was this BS article going around about how 37 people died from pot overdoses. Now, I don’t do pot, but I know dying from a pot overdose is impossible. Alcohol is much more dangerous to our health, both in the short and long term. I normally would let the ignorant engage in the sensationalism, but this was so out there and so pervasive that I took two seconds to post the Snopes article about it and suggested people research a bit before spreading rumors. One of them got mad at me and hasn’t spoken to me since – which isn’t a great loss, really.

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    1. Oh my gosh! And so many people talk in absolutes as well. My timeline was filled with quite the opposite to yours. Everyone was tooting on and on how there isn’t any bad consequences of smoking pot. There are. Less than alcohol, but there still are. But whoa, don’t say anything or the name calling begins. I am for legalization but I hate when either side makes stupid claims. It rarely helps either side of a cause. I am sure I was unfriended that day too! lol

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    2. I just had my first experience of people getting mad at me on fb but like you say they aren’t worth it. I dared to stand up against a cop bashing post. Most of the following responses were supportive but my goodness, there were some really nasty ones too. I was so shocked – it was completely anti-police – not just the bad ones. I loved Elena’s post on Facebook Faux Pas because it voiced a niggle I had and let me embrace it. I am relatively new to fb and am finding it bitter/sweet. Like Elena say – got to go towards the positive. Nice to ‘meet’ you here by the way.

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  6. Oh how true! The ones I am most suspicious about are the many pleas for help I see posted because a child, a partner or pet has gone ‘missing’ – I learned very quickly when I joined Facebook a few months back that those kinds of posts are often dodgy. Not good bandwagons to jump on! You have voiced something that niggles in the back of my mind all the time about Facebook. I don’t think I will ever be 100% happy with it but it does have its good points. If I am honest, I preferred life without social media but those days are well and truly gone.

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    1. I was going to mention that! I can’t believe how many missing dogs and people there are posted. Where are they all going? Lol Social media can be a blessing and a curse. All we can do is try to shift it to the positive.

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  7. I hear you! The other day I corrected someone and they told me they didn’t care that it was false, they found the story so funny!
    I’ve found Snopes to be a good resource to check out the stories doing the rounds. But I’ve decided to let people live in ignorance! 😉

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