Why are people having their most political fights on Facebook now instead of a good old-fashioned bust up face-to-face, asks Emma Barnett
“Emma, can I just ask, why did you defriend me? Did I do something wrong?” This, it has to be said, was one of the most awkward messages I’ve ever received.
It arrived after I’d taken the decision to “defriend” – Facebook parlance for delete – this particular man from my social media world. It was mainly because I was sick of his relentless posting of graphic war zones snaps and nonsensical political histrionics.
Over the past two years I have done the same to many other people – including defriending family members who quite frankly can be spared the photos of me struggling to focus as I drunkenly gnaw on some late night KFC – but until this summer no one had ever challenged me about it.