Politics should not be on social media

Emma Weaver, staff writer

Politics in social media have corrupted our system. Social media is commonly used as a way to connect with friends, family, and allows people to voice their opinion on a global scale. Only now, social media has become overwhelmed with political ads, opinions, and hateful comments or posts.

Within every social media app, there is a user agreement that lays out the rules, regulations, and guidelines. Many users simply scroll to the bottom of the user agreement hit the button that says “I’ve read over the agreement,” and never think twice. Except when they either get demonetized, censored or deleted all together due to their posts.

The user agreement for any social media platform clearly states what is accepted and what is not.

Politics within a face to face conversation can get heated quickly, especially when there are two or more people on opposite sides of an issue. When that conversation is then posted on social media, millions of people can comment and voice their opinions. It morphs into others displaying their hatred of people’s opinions or thoughts on a topic. The fire of hatred only gets bigger from there, as it spreads further and further, affecting more people as it continues to grow out of proportion.

Hiding behind a screen leads to problems such as cyberbullying, threats, and humiliation of others. Adding in a controversial topic such as politics causes the whole situation to go up in smoke. A simple post can blow into heated conversations, which may lead to threats, protests and, worst comes to worst, the ultimate worst casino.

To other countries, this looks—in one word— unprofessional. Within a social media platform, there is no longer such a thing as professional. No one can just say “agree to disagree” anymore, because people hide behind their devices, making them think that they now have the right to do and say whatever they please.

In 2017, the U.S. had 834 protests due to Presidential tweets and differences alone, according to The Washington Post. Due to the controversy, violence, and struggles that surround the political world, why should we have that broadcasted for the world to see? Why should we listen and get ourselves wrapped up in strangers’ comments? We are human beings and we need other people’s satisfaction and validation in order to be happy, which is why we defend our candidate, celeb or side of a decision until it gets out of hand.

On the other hand, there are those that point to the First Amendment and our freedom of speech. The First Amendment means that companies should not be able to censor anything because it is our birthright. Americans have an entitlement to their own thoughts and perspectives on different topics. However, this does not give people the right to hate, bully, humiliate, and even threatened others just because they do not have the same opinion.

Steps are already being taken to help this situation. Twitter announced in October that they would no longer accept political ads. Facebook employees sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg not to just ban false political ads but all political ads. It is a step in the right direction to help keep politics off social media platforms, for our sake, and for those who may get harmed physically or emotionally by one post.