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NutellaNut

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Frequent Snopes-ing
« on: October 15, 2013, 11:08:07 AM »
I have a good friend - she's actually going to be an in-law, as her daughter and my step-son are engaged.  Our relationship is close.  She has different political views from DH and I, which is fine - many of our friends hold different views and we actually have had very interesting discussions on occasions.

But this friend is prone to making posts on FB that are easily debunked by checking Snopes or Factcheck.  Sometimes the posts are just things like "This common food is actually poisonous!" or "Boycott this manufacturer for such-and-such reason!" but many of them are politically-motivated misinformation.  She is not originating the post, but reposting a viral anti-X post or article.

My tendency has been to reply with a brief "X website has an article about that - it's not quite accurate to say....," and the link to the article.  But I noticed that I've been doing it a lot with her.  Probably nine out of ten of my Snopes-ings lately have been in reply to posts by her - probably once or twice a week.  I don't want to seem argumentative, but I also do not like to leave blatant misinformation laying out there unchallenged.

I do not reply when she says something that is just an opinion - I do not want to debate politics on FB.  I'm fine with debunking things like "combine these two ingredients to make a great cleaner!" but obviously politics is more fraught. 

Do folks have an opinion?  Am I being rude in replying this way?  Would it be better to just stop posting Snopes or fact-checking websites articles in response (which will drive me crazy to leave serious misinformation unchallenged)?  Unfortunately, I can't just take her out of my feed since this is one of the main ways we stay connected.  Would it be better to approach the subject in person sometime, and mention she might want to check Snopes etc. before reposting something, since there's so much misinformation out there?


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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2013, 11:16:24 AM »
I'll send a snopes link to any given person once, maybe twice if they're a close friend.  After that, I'll set my news feed to show "Only Important" posts from that person.  If their annoying posts still get through, I'll either unfriend them or hide all of their posts from my news feed.

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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2013, 11:48:57 AM »
DHs family (parents, aunts, cousin, brother) forward every bit of crap that wanders through email or facebook.  Some of it is so obviously fake it's laughable, others are more plausible until you do a little research.  I no longer bother citing snopes unless what they're forwarding could be actually dangerous, such as the recent advice to cough vigorously to save yourself during a heart attach or to throw large amounts of flour on a fresh burn.

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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2013, 12:01:04 PM »
My aunt is famous for believing everything she reads on the internet and passing it along on Facebook.  She stayed with me for a week a bit ago and I had a conversation with her about not taking everything posted on the internet as fact. I pulled up Snopes for her to show her an incorrect story that was going around so she could see for herself.

But that hasn't stopped her from continuing to repost everything under the sun, so I don't bother anymore. I just privately roll my eyes and scroll on by most of her posts.

But my sweet next door neighbor posted something that is well known to be false, and I didn't want think that if people didn't do it her own fb security was in jeopardy. (it was one of those 'do x so I know you've updated your security on fb, and then post it on your page so I can see it and keep you as a friend') So I sent her a gently worded private message with a link showing it as false.  She immediately put a disclaimer on her post and thanked me for the heads up. 


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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2013, 12:13:45 PM »
Snopes-ing, in general, has been discussed a lot on this board and the concensus seems to be that there is nothing wrong with referring someone to Snopes.  Many people feel the same way you do regarding the continued spread of misinformation. 

Personally, I feel like it too often is used as a "Ha!  I know more/better than you do." club.  I'm not saying that is your intent, but that is very much how it can be interpreted.  Particularly if you're doing it as frequently as you say you are.  If nothing else, she's may be getting the idea that you think she's an idiot. 

I do think you should stop posting the Snopes or fact-checking articles to her.  Or at least, post fewer. 

As far as how you might deal with not being able to feed your compulsion, I have no advice.
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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2013, 12:13:53 PM »
I would ignore all but the most harmful ones on Facebook - they're not directed at you personally, so what does it matter if she thinks cantaloupes have secret invisible spiders or [insert political figure here] is working for the KKK?  Email forwards, though, *are* directed at you personally and it's totally reasonable to reply with a Snopes link each and every time, at least until she drops you from her forwarding list.

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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2013, 12:16:05 PM »
I do think spreading ignorance through social media is a big deal and rampant these days.

That being said, there are some people who are determined to be ignorant and you can't save them.

Usually, if it gets to the point that I'm frustrated with them, I hide their feed.

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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2013, 12:25:04 PM »
I don't think you're being rude, but I do think you're wasting your time.  People believe what they want to believe, and most often I have found nothing I say to the contrary makes any difference, accurate or not.  I do understand the frustration of seeing the same untrue and often inflammatory information posted again and again.  It makes me crazy!  If I can't help myself, I try to respond with some humor.  A relative of mine posted a "true" story on her timeline recently and I immediately recognized it.  It was basically, "(insert politician of your choice here) is soooo dumb, he/she did this!"  I had seen the same story, word for word, used to disparage other politicians in the past.  I remarked, "Oh, Aunt So-and-So, I am so glad you posted that.  It's been one of my favorite jokes since it was told about Governor X in 1992!  LOL!"   I used to "snopes" people freely, but it made some of them so furious that I had to block them.  I would like to know if I was spreading wildly untrue information, but some people feel differently.   ::)

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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2013, 12:40:09 PM »
  I don't think its rude but linking someone to snopes 52 -104 times a year might not help build a healthy relationship. So I would do it much less often.

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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2013, 12:46:03 PM »
"Hide from Feed" button.

If you don't have anything real to talk about, there's no reason to stay actively in touch.  If in future she might be sharing photos of family members, you can always unhide her.

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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2013, 01:36:52 PM »
OP with an amusing (to me, anyway) update! 

My friend just liked a link to a web page named something like Look at Snopes before posting incorrect emails.   :o  Not sure if this is a sea change or not, but it was funny to see that page name in my feed.

It does sound like I should stop Snopes-ing her as much.  I'll try to contain myself.

Taking her out of my feed isn't really an option - we "converse" regularly on recipes, family info, daily life stuff.  And I care about her a lot, and don't want to lose that contact.  So I'll just have to suck it up when I see a post that trips my Snopes trigger.  ;) 

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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2013, 01:56:41 PM »
Another thing to remember is that if you realize its easily debunked, everyone else on her fiend's list probably knows it too.

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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2013, 02:13:23 PM »
OP with an amusing (to me, anyway) update! 

My friend just liked a link to a web page named something like Look at Snopes before posting incorrect emails.   :o  Not sure if this is a sea change or not, but it was funny to see that page name in my feed.

It does sound like I should stop Snopes-ing her as much.  I'll try to contain myself.

Taking her out of my feed isn't really an option - we "converse" regularly on recipes, family info, daily life stuff.  And I care about her a lot, and don't want to lose that contact.  So I'll just have to suck it up when I see a post that trips my Snopes trigger.  ;) 

I would recommend getting a facebook filter app.  This way, things that you don't want to see don't make it into your news feed.  But you can still see the things you are interested in.  So mis-information would be hidden, and pictures of the kid/dogs/grandkids/etc would still be seen.

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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2013, 02:16:07 PM »
My best friend's mom does this ALL the time.  At first I thought she was just opinionated but truly she believes everything she hears & reads.  There is no arguing with her and if you show her factual information she contributes it to a "coverup"

She will also state something completely outrageous at family gatherings and everyone will look at her like her head has fallen off.  Unless there is a new group member there that speaks up to correct her; everyone just rolls their eyes and keeps on with their conversation. 

I no longer correct and/or say anything that would disagree with her.  My friend appreciates this, her mom is nearly 80 and she is in poor health - why pick a fight with her at this point. 


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Re: Frequent Snopes-ing
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2013, 05:29:52 PM »
My responses vary a bit. If it's a status update that they write, I may or may not respond with the truth. But if it's a "share" from another source, I just straight up report it as spam to FB.