End social engineering social media posts


I abhor the commonly reoccuring social media posts that say something like this:

If you love Jesus, you’ll share this post. If you support the Devil, you’ll ignore this.

Would you save your mother from a burning house? Share if you would, ignore if you want her to die.

You fell for the Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge! Now you have to post one of the following on your page: 1. I met Gordon Ramsey, blah blah blah

If you don’t repost this before tomorrow, your social media account will be deleted because [insert false reason here]. Copy and paste this message if you don’t want that to happen!

For the first three: The people who made these messages simply want popularity. Do you think your local pastor wrote this as a moral test? Actually, by exploiting our tender emotions, they are able to obtain their much beloved social media presence. Such manipulation is not only extremely immoral, it’s basically extortion. Either post or be known as a terrible person. And of course you’re not a terrible person, so you must repost it, right?

Hey, you are a strong human being. Your feelings were not made so you would fall to these traps. They were made to care about the issues that matter. Instead of sharing a trap, why don’t you go help your mother with the dishes or go talk to her or something? She’ll appreciate it much more than reposting an extortion post, I promise. As for the “breast cancer” bait-and-switch, that’s really just a sneaky method to spread awareness. These three are all basically Ponzi schemes where nobody even earns money, except perhaps their happiness about their extortion post getting shared, which isn’t even on the minds of most good people, because they’re more concerned for Jesus or their mothers.

For the last one: Social media companies will not determine if an account will be deleted based on if a message was posted. If you think about it just a bit, you’ll agree with me that it doesn’t make too much sense, right? That’s an absurd way for discriminating which accounts get deleted and which won’t; and even if you’re doing it “just in case,” it seriously won’t happen, because they’re trying not to become bankrupt (which is the effect if they mass delete billions of users off their databases).

So don’t repost those traps, because you’d have only fulfilled the perverse attention-grabbing desires of the creators. I’m pretty sure both Jesus and mothers around the world know very well that your love for them does not depend on submitting to an immoral Facebook post. Additionally, breast cancer is already well known around the United States. There is no need to play deceptive tricks amongst friends to spread information about it. Finally, social media companies won’t resort to asinine “copy-and-paste or delete” games because something suddenly “happened.”

In conclusion, just please stop falling for them. It’ll make everyone’s life better. You can take on the guilt for others; your followers won’t have to see the guilt-striking post. You would be making a good sacrifice for your dear friends. 🙂

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