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Extremism on Facebook?




Yesterday afternoon the above posting appeared on my Facebook timeline. It was a bit disconcerting to have this appear at the top of the feed and not buried in the other postings. My first thoughts were, who, what where, when, why, and how? Secondly, I’m thinking, Really Facebook?


I’m wondering why suddenly on July 1, 2021, is Facebook the care and possibly concern for those of us here on Facebook and extremism? We have no posting from Facebook in regards to the instantaneous concern and posting. The posting also raises many more questions than are answered.


My initial thoughts are that extremism is like pornography, and is ultimately in the eye of the beholder. Is extremism a user not using capital letters to start their sentence when posting or maybe no using proper punctuation in a posting? Is extremism, a user commenting on a posting without knowing all of the facts surrounding the posting? Is extremism a user posting an offhanded or snarky response to a posting? Are the postings of memes extremism? Inquiring minds want to know.


According to Google - Extremism: noun

  1. the holding of extreme political or religious views; fanaticism. "The dangers of religious extremism"


Facebooks posting mentions none of the above terms or mentions them in any manner.


Facebook goes on the state that “others have received confidential support?” From? Are the folks at Facebook qualified to recommend or advise treatment for its users? Who are those who are recommending or advising treatment options and what are their qualifications? How many “others” have received confidential support? Is this an extremism epidemic that might blossom into a full pandemic? Will masks and social distancing be required? Is or will there be a vaccination available and in a single or two-dose variety?


Is this foray into extremism as a result of the past 18 months of lockdowns, masks, and social distancing in our culture? Once again, inquiring minds want to know.


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