5 Reasons to Defriend Someone on Facebook

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  • http://frankviola.com/ Frank Viola

    Ha! I agree.

  • http://ryanrobinson.ca/ Ryan Robinson

    Maybe a slight variation of number 5, but I’ve defriended people for sending me hundreds of game invites. Usually after about 10 I tell people to stop, but I’ve had a few people who kept going after that so I did defriend them.

  • http://www.MoreThanCake.org/ J.R. Miller

    thanks, I appreciate the feedback.

  • http://frankviola.com/ Frank Viola

    Yes, when an entire group of people are castigated with the word “all” … that’s wrong and irresponsible in my view.

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  • http://socialnotz.com/ Kimberly Reynolds

    That is pretty much my criteria also. I definitely had to take a significant number of people out of my feed prior to the elections. I did not want to de-friend them because aside from politics, many are really nice people.

  • http://www.MoreThanCake.org/ J.R. Miller

    Or maybe the Bible does not care about written attacks, only verbal.. LOL Just kiddin’. Your point is taken. Fair enough brother. Keep up the good writing my friend.

    BTW, I do have one other question. The examples you gave were of a personal nature… that is one person slandering/libeling another individual. Do you think your advice applies to those who make the same charges against entire groups? ie… “All house church people have a flawed theology of church.” or “all people in the institutional church are deceived” or “all pastors are corrupt”, etc…

    Do these kinds of statements cross the line do you think, or does their generic nature make them acceptable forms of criticism?

  • http://frankviola.com/ Frank Viola

    Yes, in American language that technical difference is correct. However, I’m using the word “slander” in the biblical sense, not in the legal sense (see Prov. 10:18, Col. 3:8, 1 Pet. 2:1, Titus 3:2, etc.)

  • http://www.MoreThanCake.org/ J.R. Miller

    Overall, good advice Frank.

    One little correction though, the word “slander” refers to spoken statements, so when someone posts a false statement on Facebook, as you describe in your article, it is actually “libel” not “slander”.

    Blessings brother.