Facebook Trolls, Covidiots and Scottish Nationalism

Facebook trolls and Scottish Nationalism
The creation of this blog during isolation has proved to be a welcome escape from the abomination which is Facebook.
I rarely visit my Facebook account, but today made an exception to retrieve old content.

It didn't take long before I came across a Facebook 'friend' denying the very existence of the pandemic.
It beggars belief that anyone can still seriously suggest that it's all been a big hoax... some kind of cleverly crafted conspiracy.
Others attempt to play down its seriousness.

If you are standing at a bar quietly supping a pint with friends and the village idiot arrives on the scene it's possible to turn away and shuffle along a few feet.
Social media on the other hand provides a very public platform for the craziest of people.

As I say, one of the reasons I began this blog is that I'd become increasingly exasperated with the content of social media.
Twitter I think remains just about tolerable, but not Facebook.

There are so many things I won't miss about that social media platform when I'm finally able to delete my account.
Those include...
  • Facebook posts in which a small but increasing proportion of friends relentlessly spew out their political outrage and hatred. All too familiar across Scotland these days.
  • Individuals whose calls for freedom of speech are clearly no more than an excuse to justify the pleasure they derive by causing hurt and offence online.

  • Oily sycophants who flit from account to account liking or loving the most mundane or absurd of timeline posts. The cue sports community suffers more than its fair share of this ingratiating type.

  • Fake statistics and conspiracy theories happily shared without any regard to the harm caused. The pandemic provides fertile ground for the spread of that nonsense.
Unfortunately in Scotland much of the Facebook bile is spawned by those intent upon fanning the flames of extreme nationalism.
Anglophobic trolls, consumed by hatred, harass anyone who doesn't fully embrace their thoroughly unpleasant views.
Scotland in my lifetime has never been such a divided and unfriendly country as it is today.

Those loathsome and irrational individuals who inhabit Facebook are in a minority but their presence ensures it can never be a pleasant place to visit.

There are many posts and photographs buried deep within my Facebook account which I intend to transfer to this blog.
The sooner the better I reckon.

Do you think Facebook is toxic?
Do you agree that Scotland has become a deeply divided and intolerant nation?


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