05-11-2016, 07:03 PM
Well this is scary. Most of my Facebook posts are the same posts I post to this board. To keep up with news, I friend journalists like Glenn Greenwald, Trevor Timm, Eric Margolis, etc., as well as anti-war activists and libertarians.
About 3 months ago I had about 5 friend requests - not all at once. (I had one request, denied it, then another a few days later, denied it, etc.). Upon looking at their pages it was exactly the description from the OP's article: very few photos --many only have one photo for the profile and one cover photo, they had no likes of any pages, no history, little if anything on their timeline. So I immediately de-friended after friending to look at their page.
I post everything "Public" on Facebook because I figure they're looking at everything anyway: If we try to get the government's attention about unnecessary wars, etc., they ignore us so I figure if they're spying, they get to see exactly how I feel about U.S. foreign policy.
But to go the step further and try to friend a person is really creepy. And it's a suppression of our First Amendment Rights. We have a right to have a political opinion without being watched for nothing more than speech.
Guess there's nothing we can do about it except deny friendship, but we should not be paying taxpayer money for people messing around on Facebook and trying to suppress speech.