Waco: Social media reflect post-election divisions

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Interaction on social media sites reflects the divisions in the wake of the presidential election.

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Mia Moody-Ramirez is a media professor at Baylor University and she said social media is impacting how we interact and view our peers.

"Previously I wouldn't have known who my students were going to vote for, or who my neighbors were going to vote for, all that information was available on Facebook," said Moody-Ramirez.

More than 100 KWTX viewers wrote to us on Facebook and said they were unfriended by family members and friends.

Shaun Williams was one of those viewers. He said he was heavily involved in political debates online and lost about 15 friends because of his post.

"There's a lot of people that would be more prone to say something to somebody via social media that they would be a lot less prone to say to someone's face, " said Williams.

Williams said he does not believe government leaders should address the public on social media because a post can be interpreted many ways.

"I think the president should pull out of social media; a conference on television would be more appropriate," Williams said.

Moody-Ramirez said unfriending someone online has become the modern day shun.

She also said they have begun to teach image management at Baylor University because of social media's influence on reputations.