Am I the only one who gets pissed off to the point of veins popping out of my neck when people share things on Facebook that haven’t been checked? A lot of it is stupid and mindless, but there are some that scare the bejeezus out of people. These are the dire warnings. Recently I was confronted with one stating that Huggies Snug and Dry diapers can leak and give your baby chemical burns. There was a picture of a baby with burns on it’s legs and a warning that these diapers had leaked their gel and put that baby in the hospital. It was shared by two different friends.
Now you should know that I’m a skeptic. When I see these, along with almost everything else on Facebook, I go and check into it to make sure it’s true before I scare the piss out of any of my friends. 90% of the time it’s a hoax, so I put the links to my findings in their comments. Sometimes they thank me and take it down, but most of the time they get their hackles up and attack me for giving a shit about what is shared on the internet.
This is what it looked like this time:
Is that the way to go about it? I don’t know. I used to post a warning that if I saw another free Costco gift card, video of a girl that killed herself, or Bill Gates giving everyone $5000, that I would delete whoever posted it. It was good as I was able to delete over a hundred people in about a month. Then Facebook made it so I could hide people’s posts from my news feed. That was okay, but made no sense. People didn’t know what they were doing wrong, and it seemed like they should have the chance to be educated and to quit sharing all of this false material.
The problem is that they don’t want to quit. They like being assholes. I have brought it to the attention of the same people on many different occasions. They keep doing it because they just don’t care. For a few of them it was like a contest to see who was the most ignorant person on my friends list. I’m sure there was a private message like this somewhere:
Friend #1 – Did you see what Chris Bird wrote on my status where I shared the Amber Alert? Who the fuck does he think he is?
Friend #2 – I know. He’s thinks he’s a FB police or something. How were you apposed to know that it was a hoax from 3 years ago?
#1 – Yah! He’s all like, “This is the third time you shared this in two months.” Is it my fault I care about stolen kids?
#2 – No way. You just got a big heart is all. He’s a stupid dick. I’m gonna go share my free Tim Hortons card thing now, I hope this one works. Make sure you like and share it to get yours too.
#1 – Oh, I’m gonna. I love Timmies.
So, are you an offender, indifferent, or a cringer?