To clarify, I don't think his posting is rude at all, I was mostly surprised to see him come out of the woodwork. It made me think about how we represent ourselves online.
I guess in retrospect this belongs more in the Coffee Break folder because I was mostly curious why facebook is immune to any rules of etiquette, or even any cultural norms that govern behavior - not specific to rude/not rude but more like guidelines .Like on here, it is somewhat expected that OPs will eventually read and reply to other posters in their thread, and "abandoning" a thread is somewhat frowned upon especially if a lot of people ask clarification questions. But on facebook, everyone gets a pass on posting offensive religious/political views, pictures of graphic things, etc. and everyone admits they don't like this behavior but also agrees there is no reason (etiquette based, cultural, etc.) that people shouldn't post it. It could be argued that facebook is a semi public thing (even private pages can be screen shot) kind of like putting a bulletin board in your front yard, to use a PPs analogy. Employers look at FB pages when making hiring decisions, for example. So I'm wondering if it's really practical going forward to have FB be the wild west of netiquette, so to speak .
I don't think "facebook is immune to any rules of etiquette, or even any cultural norms that govern behavior" at all.
There are differences in what ok to post on FB and here due to the site's rules and usage guidelines. FB has rules too. One must be over 13 years to have a FB page (do people break that rule? Yes, but its still an active rule). Certain photos cannot be posted on FB and if they are FB will remove them. FB shuts down/deletes inappropriate profiles daily. Plus in addition to the steps they take officially, FB allows users to set up various settings to block users, or restrict users in various ways. Etc.
People self govern a lot on FB - they hide feeds, delete comments, unfriend or block users all the time. People don't really get pass if they are being ignored - its more like real life: I can't stop someone from wearing an offensive shirt, but I can avoid looking at them or interacting with them. Is that giving them a pass? I don't think so, because I'm letting the action pass by unnoticed, I am enacting a consequence upon them (ignoring them). I think the same thing happens on FB regularly.
As for employers and FB, its a double edged sword. Sure employers might not hire someone due to FB... but then again as often as not is a positive thing to employers. I know I wouldn't hire anyone who didn't have and use a FB account - FB is a powerful marketing tool and I would absolutely expect anyone in the job market to be well versed in its usage. And the employer aspect adds to the idea of it being self governed to an extent.
But we need to remember Facebook is a commercial enterprise. It is a for-profit company and there are real rules and regulations in place governing it's usage. It might seem
like a free-for-all, but its really not, its just well done.