Have you noticed lately the number of Facebook and other social media posts that ask you not to "share" them, but to cut and paste them into your status. There's a reason for that and it's not a nice one.
There's no reason to ask a friend not to share a post if you are an honest person. I never demand a person cut and paste a post of mine in order to pass it on. Why would I? If you share a post, the person who receives it can trace it back to you, then back to me as far as it goes if you are patient. People who demand you cut and paste don't want the original to be traced back to them. There are several reasons for that.
- They could be lying and don't want anyone to find out who started the lie.
- They want to be able to remain anonymous because the post could be considered libelous. (much better that you get in trouble for it than them).
- They want to see how far it went. They can cruise your friends list to find out which of your friends are willing to take the extra step to cut and paste.
- Those who cut and paste are likely more gullible, trusting or easily excited by inflammatory posts and less likely to check the source (which by cutting and pasting, you prevent anyone from doing).
- They want to make a list of trusting and/or gullible people who will do that little extra. This identifies them as easier marks for a potential con.
They've likely identified you as someone who is more easily manipulated and more likely to go along with a con.
My advice. NEVER copy, cut and paste! Just don't do it. There is no good reason not to just share a post or at least I can't think of one. If anyone can tell me a good reason why hitting the "share" button is unacceptable as a way to pass along an interesting post, please explain to me why cutting and pasting would be necessary or better as a way to pass along a post or important message. There's a comment box at the end of this article. I will respond.
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