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My Trumper parents just asked me to delete their facebook and whatsapp accounts. (Original Post) Claustrum Jan 2021 OP
Did you tell them to work on it to figure it out?? Srkdqltr Jan 2021 #1
Sadly, they will just say they don't know English even though they use a different language on it. Claustrum Jan 2021 #4
I understand. Srkdqltr Jan 2021 #17
So how did they manage to make accounts? cwydro Jan 2021 #18
I made the accounts for them. Claustrum Jan 2021 #19
It has been very quiet on FB since the election and worse since the 6th. Thomas Hurt Jan 2021 #2
My FB has been exactly the same obamanut2012 Jan 2021 #3
Me too. I don't do any political things on there nor do I allow any on mine. Claustrum Jan 2021 #6
Yup, friends who live all over and hobby groups obamanut2012 Jan 2021 #9
Yeah, what all of you have said... Wounded Bear Jan 2021 #21
And if they live in another country, they're not getting their marybourg Jan 2021 #22
Unfortunately, there is a lot of support for Trump where I came from. Claustrum Jan 2021 #23
Yes, I can understand that. It's very common reaction. marybourg Jan 2021 #25
It's a mix to be honest. Claustrum Jan 2021 #26
Thank you for the good intelligence. marybourg Jan 2021 #27
I do some politics on fb but my fam & friends are electric_blue68 Jan 2021 #20
Why, Claustrum? Are they rethinking radicalization, or doubling down ? Hortensis Jan 2021 #5
Nope. They are pissed because Trump got blocked n/t Claustrum Jan 2021 #7
Sorry. Give them time. It took years to get to this. Hortensis Jan 2021 #8
Yes. I didn't say anything to them because we will never agree on politics. Claustrum Jan 2021 #10
You apparently missed getting the strong authoritarian gene pairings, Hortensis Jan 2021 #16
Deleteing their accounts is a kindness sanatanadharma Jan 2021 #15
Hosts File LPBBEAR Jan 2021 #11
I actually don't think my parents got their main misinformation from facebook. Claustrum Jan 2021 #12
My old man managed to enlist in the Army at 14 Generic Other Jan 2021 #13
Different culture unfortunately (I am not born American). Claustrum Jan 2021 #14
Save their blushes - put up a message claiming they were Russian bot accounts muriel_volestrangler Jan 2021 #24

Claustrum

(4,845 posts)
4. Sadly, they will just say they don't know English even though they use a different language on it.
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:36 PM
Jan 2021

It's always too complicated for them to figure it out. It's sad that they just connected with their friends in our home country a few months ago (without communications for over 10 years). I don't get why they would leave a social media site when they have long time friends on there. I didn't do it when democrats were calling for deletion.

Srkdqltr

(6,023 posts)
17. I understand.
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:55 PM
Jan 2021

When I was a kid (wayyy back in the day) my parents always wanted me to work out how to do things before they would help. "Look it up" was the mantra.

Of course your situation is different and I'm sorry to give such a flip answer.

Claustrum

(4,845 posts)
19. I made the accounts for them.
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:58 PM
Jan 2021

Deleting their accounts isn't a problem for me. I am just saying that republicans are leaving social media because of Trump, or at least my parents.

obamanut2012

(25,841 posts)
3. My FB has been exactly the same
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:35 PM
Jan 2021

I see ZERO from RWNJ, because I am not friends with any, and any relatives who are Trumpers have been blocked.

It is not hard at all to curate your experience on any social media, including here.

Claustrum

(4,845 posts)
6. Me too. I don't do any political things on there nor do I allow any on mine.
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:37 PM
Jan 2021

I use it strictly for keeping in touch with my childhood friends that lives in another country.

Claustrum

(4,845 posts)
23. Unfortunately, there is a lot of support for Trump where I came from.
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 03:19 PM
Jan 2021

It's one of the very few Asian cities that has more support for Trump than Biden (both didn't get more than 30% support). But they just want western democracy so they equate Trump to that not knowing what Trumpism truly is.

marybourg

(12,490 posts)
25. Yes, I can understand that. It's very common reaction.
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 04:20 PM
Jan 2021

But are they getting their picture of current American life from mainstream sources or from radical right ones?

I just linked up in my mind what you said - with tRumps recent attempts to place his lackeys in jobs at VOA.

Claustrum

(4,845 posts)
26. It's a mix to be honest.
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 04:30 PM
Jan 2021

Afterall, it is the place where some of the disinformation about Hunter came from. There is a lot of rumors in Hong Kong back then that the protest last year is funded by Trump related people. So there is a sizable protesters in HK that supports Trump.

And they have very limited knowledge about how US government work. So they attributed the resistance/condemnation from the congress to Trump. We, around here on DU, says Trump's PR moves are too simplistic and lazy. But the thing is, most people don't know how things work and Trump took credit when none is his. I heard a lot of Trump giving people 2k a few weeks ago and I have to explain that he only signed for 600 that the congress passed. There is no 2k stimulus unless the congress pass it and republicans have been against that since April last year.

electric_blue68

(14,354 posts)
20. I do some politics on fb but my fam & friends are
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 03:01 PM
Jan 2021

fairly to very close in our beliefs in political aspects. So we're mostly sympatico in our comments etc
Thus no serious RW, or trumpist crap directly at me.
I see a little in responses back and forth from a friend of one of my relatives.

Otherwise we're sharing good crafts, art, architecture, pscience, nature, food & cooking, cultural stuff from around the world, adorable baby animals, pets and parts of our lives with each other.

Plus I have interest groups that reflect the above that pop up, too.

So I've got lots of activity and 🎉 Fun, too. 💖👍

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
5. Why, Claustrum? Are they rethinking radicalization, or doubling down ?
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:36 PM
Jan 2021

Hope it's the former, of course.

Claustrum

(4,845 posts)
10. Yes. I didn't say anything to them because we will never agree on politics.
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:42 PM
Jan 2021

I had no problem with them being republicans till Trump and Trump is my hard line. Heck, I would have voted for a republican before Trump but I am likely a life-long democrat for the rest of my life now. I just don't understand how so many people can't see through Trump. There are just too many misinformation on youtube and facebook.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
16. You apparently missed getting the strong authoritarian gene pairings,
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:54 PM
Jan 2021

or whatever. Congrats, of course. With so many who didn't acting out these days, there've been plenty of times when I've had a "there but for the grace of" feeling. There were some things in my own family.

sanatanadharma

(3,578 posts)
15. Deleteing their accounts is a kindness
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:54 PM
Jan 2021

That they are pissed because the President defeated Trump shows that the platforms have poisoned parents and other people.

LPBBEAR

(281 posts)
11. Hosts File
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:45 PM
Jan 2021

If you have access to their computer use the Hosts file to block all the right wing garbage sites. Lots of howtos on the Internet. Use Google and search for "blocking websites with host file

Claustrum

(4,845 posts)
12. I actually don't think my parents got their main misinformation from facebook.
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:48 PM
Jan 2021

My dad watches youtube from 6am to 11pm at night. I blame the similar recommendation videos function on youtube that once you get into the rabbit hole, they show you 10 more videos reinforcing the disinformation.

Generic Other

(28,979 posts)
13. My old man managed to enlist in the Army at 14
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:48 PM
Jan 2021

His parents said: "You got yourself in this mess, son. Now you get yourself out."

Guess that advice applies to your parents.

Claustrum

(4,845 posts)
14. Different culture unfortunately (I am not born American).
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:50 PM
Jan 2021

In my culture, children are their retirement funds and are there to listen and fulfill their demands.

muriel_volestrangler

(100,978 posts)
24. Save their blushes - put up a message claiming they were Russian bot accounts
Tue Jan 12, 2021, 03:29 PM
Jan 2021

before shutting them down.

I don't know - does a self-deleted Facebook/Whatsapp account trash all its past posts, or does it get blocked from making new ones?

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