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Political disagreements a common reason for defriending

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To keep the conversation civil, you're not supposed to talk politics. But what about when it comes to social media? People seem to post whatever pops in their head, and posting political opinions on Facebook is costing some people friends.

Former ASU football star and Super Bowl champion Mike Karney can take a hit on the field, but his ego took a hit when a fan unfollowed him on social media for a political post.

"I made my comment about Joe Biden… how arrogant he was," says Karney.

"A fan in New Orleans, he said, 'I didn't know that you were a conservative.' Well I didn't state what I was, I just stated a comment about Joe Biden."

Turns out people are losing friends left and right for posting about politics. According to Pew Research Center, about one-fifth of people admit to blocking or defriending someone for their political posts.

Steven Mazzeo might deserve to be defriended. He admits to purposely trying to rile up Republicans.

"I know how they think and I know what's going to get them going… I'll post YouTube videos, something," says Mazzeo.

Shane Chambers says he doesn't delete, he just unsubscribes so he doesn't have to see posts from certain friends.

"And I'll wait until all of this is blown over before I subscribe to them," he says.

"Do you think that social media helps or hurts the political situation?" we asked.

"Helps. It allows everyone to kind of open up and talk freely about something that's very important in our society, the United States," says Karney.

"It probably hurts I think there's too much misinformation out there and I think a lot of that misinformation spreads through social media," says Mazzeo.

According to Pew Research Center the most common reasons for blocking and defriending are -- friends post about politics too often, or a good old-fashioned disagreement.

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