Column: Think before you share

Mace Mackiewicz, Staff Reporter

Facebook has evolved over the past few years from a cool website I used to keep in contact with friends and family to a borderline nuisance.

Whether it’s the weirdly misused memes, the total saturation of minions or the amount of fake news being passed around as fact, it’s been getting harder to browse the site.

All of the above things are awful, but the most egregious thing I have been noticing recently are other people’s videos being uploaded with emojis and text superimposed onto them.

Sometimes the person uploading the video will be nice enough to give credit, but it’s dubious at best how many actually got permission.

I honestly didn’t notice this trend until a YouTuber named H3H3productions did a video on a guy named SoFloAntonio.

Videos from SoFlo sometime show up on Facebook and occasionally he gives credit, but most of the time it’s just someone else’s video with emojis and text all over it.

I don’t know how this trend got so big but after seeing H3H3’s video I can’t scroll through Facebook without being hyperaware of it.

And it’s weird that so many people seem to get away with it, too.

Not all videos with text superimposed onto it are stolen.

Some pages upload their own trailers and stuff with text, and other pages do tutorials on things with them.

The problem seems to stem from Facebook’s weird change to its videos a couple of years ago where they all auto play.

You used to have to follow a link to a different page to watch videos linked to Facebook, but now they just auto play and you are immediately watching videos whether you want to or not.

It wouldn’t be too bad if there were only a few pages that did this.

I have quite a few blocked and hidden myself but other pages have taken to the same practice, and it’s pretty much unavoidable now.

The other awful part of Facebook that is everywhere now are those tutorials on how to make certain foods.

I think it was started by Buzzfeed, but I am not absolutely sure.

I have family members who share these all the time, and yet I don’t know a single person who has actually used those video tutorials to make anything.

Most video tutorials or Buzzfeed videos are the blight of Facebook.

I normally hate being the guy that says things used to be better. But with Facebook it is almost true.

There’s always been pointless fluff, but at one point it was easy to filter it out.

Now it’s almost everywhere, and if I didn’t need the site to keep in contact with some people, I would be deleting it instead of avoiding it every day.

Mace Mackiewicz is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].