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It is OK to unfriend that bigot in your timeline

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Over the past two years, I have unfriended several acquaintances on Facebook. We didn’t have real life arguments, or any sort of falling out. Rather, they held ideas or prejudices that I found abhorrent, which were revealed through the magic of social media.

It’s happened to most of us. We’ll be flicking idly through Facebook, and discover our cheerful Auntie Mary has posted a transphobic comment under a post about Caitlin Jenner.

Yes, it is OK to unfriend a bigot on social media.Credit:Shutterstock

Or, we’ll read a news story about immigration, and see that our old friend Pete has commented that Muslims are terrorists and we should ban them from the country. Or come across a dodgy column about how feminism is toxic, posted by the husband of one of our best friends.

People we assumed to be decent, or thoughtful, or kind, turn out to be raging homophobes, or racists, or white supremacists, or all three.

So what do we do when we come across this vitriol? How do we deal with those who spout hate in real life and on social media?

There are two........

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