According to the Pew Internet Project, those who identify as liberal or conservative are more likely than others to be surprised that their online friends have different views. They're also more likely to self-censor their own posts.
Other findings include:
- 10 percent have blocked, unfriended or hidden someone because they post frequently on politics.
- More than 65 percent of users just ignore posts they don't like.
- Nearly 30 percent respond to posts they don't like with a post of their own.
Overall, the study finds the majority of social network users are not actively seeking out friends based on political affiliation or views.
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