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I can’t speak for everyone, but I think many people might agree with me that too many people are posting downright inappropriate or unpleasing content online. Just today I was going through my Instagram feed to find – and scroll past as quickly as possible – a picture of a dissected cat from an acquaintance’s anatomy class. Please excuse me as I go hurl in the corner.

There’s nothing that makes my stomach turn faster than having to be exposed to an image like that, especially without warning. I understand that everyone on social media just wants to share what’s going in their lives, however, there IS a fine line between sharing and oversharing. If I wanted to see a cat’s inner organs, I would have taken that class myself…but I didn’t.

Facebook is dealing with their own displeasing content issues as of recently themselves. They’ve received major criticism for temporarily lifting a ban on graphic violence on its site. For example, Facebook said on Monday that videos, such as one where a man is beheading a woman in Mexico, are permitted as long as they are not celebrating the violence.

According to a report on NBCNews.com, immediately following a huge backlash against Facebook’s comment, the No. 1 social network said on Tuesday that they are going to “strengthen” their policy. They also admitted that their original ruling on the beheading video was flawed.

For Facebook execs, at least, this can cause them to make serious judgement calls on whether certain violent images, such as terrorist attacks, can be posted online in the public’s interest or for someone’s twisted pleasure. However, as a user, we should keep in mind that not everything we see online is going to be pleasing to us, but something that comes along with being on social media with the rest of the world with their own tastes.

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In my last post I talked about how Facebook is now allowing 13 to 17 year olds to have a public voice on their social platform. Now just in time nearing the end of October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month, Facebook is helping kids in a different and undeniably positive way. This past Friday, just by making a couple posts in some of her car fans groups on Facebook, an Oregon aunt was able to gather an enormous support team for her bullied nephew.

After having lunch with her nephew one afternoon, she saw that he was being bullied by one of his peers taunting him and saying that he had no friends. This woman then turned to Facebook for assistance, and come Friday afternoon an entire rally of car aficionados turned up in the Oregon high school’s parking lot, coming as far as Vancouver, Canada.

The crowd of about 100 supporters really made a world of difference to the young teenager. The boy, Halsey Parkerson, told a local news station, “I will know that whenever I get bullied, I’ll just raise my head up and say, ‘Sorry, I have too many friends to think that I’m getting bullied…This is one glorious day.'”

This event is clearly an example of how social media can in fact have a positive impact on people’s lives. If just a couple posts asking for help can make that much of a difference in one person’s life, imagine what an entire campaign can accomplish.

To read the full article on Mashable.com and watch the KATU news telecast click here.