Althing decides: Facebook brings out the worst in people

The Althing has supported a motion against the social media giant, Facebook.

The last debate of the season heard Moraig Lyall speak for the motion “Facebook brings out the worst in people”. She was supported by Ryan Taylor.

Against the motion was Jonathan Wills and Johan Adamson.

A vote ahead of the debate was evenly tied, with six for the motion and six against. Twelve people were undecided.

After summing up from both sides, 13 people supported the motion. Eight were against and four were undecided.

Before the debate began Genevieve White was named as the Althing’s new chairwoman during a brief annual general meeting.

She takes over from Andrew Halcrow, who is stepping down as chairman.

* See next week’s Shetland Times for a full report on the debate.


Add Your Comment
  • Steven Jarmson

    • March 17th, 2019 23:26

    I’d say twitter is worse for extremist comments and bad behaviour than facebook is. Only the worst of all people seem to reside on Twitter.
    That is probably why so many BBC stories feature twitter links.
    I think it’s to do with facebook being a site where you only really comment to friends, whilst twitter broadcasts to everyone and seems to attract extemist views from all sides.
    Particularly nasty are the so called “progressive” left. These people are by far the most racist of all people.
    Twitter also appears to be packed full of trolls. Single issue extremist zealots like nationalists and remoaners seem to be particularly aggressive trollers and rarely have any arguments based on logic.
    I quite often wonder if these groups of people need new keyboards as their caps lock seems to stuck in the on position.
    Really all facebook does by comparison, is make people lie about how great their lives are.


Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.