The problem with muting your friends

Don’t feed the trolls, we’re told. Mute your crazy uncle. But who benefits most when we disengage online?

Over the past few months, an old and dear friend of mine has become increasingly pugnacious on social media. He’d always been right of center, and he’d never been exactly shy with his opinions. But now his Facebook feed was dedicated largely to spreading questionable right-wing news sources, and to venting his spleen at left-wing liars, saboteurs, and outright traitors.

Frankly, I got tired of it. I don’t generally engage with that kind of thing, and I mostly avoided doing so with him, but I didn’t even like seeing that kind of activity coming from a friend of mine.



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