I'm Angry and I Can't Hide It. The Rise of Facebook Fury in the Age of Trump.

I have an angry face emoji, and I'm not afraid to use it!

A lot has happened since Donald Trump ascended to the highest office in the land, there have been marches and scandals and...an increase in anger on Facebook? Yep. According to a recent Pew Research Center analysis, since the election and especially since the start of 2018, more people have been responding to posts by political figures with the angry face than with the love icon.

Facebook’s fury is being felt on both sides of the aisle, and (surprise. surprise.) the posts that garner the most hateful responses are posts that center around Trump. Pew states, “Posts that expressed opposition to Trump received an estimated five times as many angry reactions as posts that did not express support or opposition toward any figure or group.” And since 30% off posts from Democratic congressional members are in some way opposed to Trump, there are a whole lot of angry faces clogging up the newsfeed.

The part that isn’t exactly clear, just looking at the numbers, is what exactly the people behind those angry faces are meaning to convey. Are they mad about the opposition to Trump, or are they mad about whatever it is that Trump did to warrant the opposition? Either way, the fact remains, Facebook users are angry, and they aren’t afraid to show it!

Read more social media’s increased fury, The rise of rage in social media politics, in one chart written by German Lopez posted by Vox on July 18, 2018

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