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Jakarta Post

‘Annoying’ friends on social media may save our future

  • Verlyana Hitipeuw


Jakarta   /   Mon, September 28 2020   /  01:00 am
May the best win: Candidates for South Tangerang mayor and deputy mayor sign an integrity pact on Sept. 24. Voters in 270 regions across the country will elect their leaders simultaneously on Dec. 9. (Antara/Muhammad Iqbal)

“I unfriended some of my connections because their posts are annoying to me”. This was posted by one of my Facebook friends on her status update a few years ago. I found it interesting as I saw similar posts by several people in the same period. So I asked my friend for an explanation. She was disturbed by the fact that some of her online friends had criticized her opinions about one of Jakarta gubernatorial candidates and were very aggressive in voicing their opinions. Hence, she decided to “shut them up”. Many of us may think that this is a logical decision – she has the right to do so, as it is her own social media account. However, I myself doubt if it is a smart decision for her and for us who might have faced similar problems. Because by doing so, we are, perhaps unconsciously, isolating ourselves intellectually. Internet activist Eli Pariser ...