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CLEVELAND-- No doubt you saw it the minute you logged onto Facebook the morning after.

The barrage of political Facebook statuses.

From downright bashing the president-elect to calling out friends or threatening a social media hiatus. And of course, every nasty comment left in between.

"Clearly, given the election, we have a pretty fractured country right now," said Dr. Kathleen Stansberry.

Stansbery has a PhD in social media and teaches social media classes at Cleveland State University.

"There is potential concern that social media is actually fragmenting different groups, politically and socially," Stansberry said.

She said there is also a crowd mentality on social media networks, particularly Facebook.

"The Facebook algorithm is pulling in information based on your previous actions and the actions of people you connect with and interact with," Stansberry said.

The problem with networks like Twitter is that information or opinions is publicly displayed in 140 characters or less.

"You see people building on other people's conversations, comments, retweeting them for their political gain," Stansberry said.

Even Hillary Clinton called out those posting on social media, specifically Facebook in her concession speech.

Stansberry said she is concerned that people are expected to use social media without it being referenced in school or talked about as a responsibility.

"The average social media user doesn't think of the content they are producing as a media share. They says it's a comment, post a share, but there is a responsibility there that I don't think people accept or realize," Stansberry said.

FOX 8 decided to post a poll on our official Twitter account, asking "Did you unfriend/unfollow someone on social media based on their political posts this election season?  By 9 p.m. Wednesday, almost 1,700 people responded, with 41 percent saying yes and 59 percent saying no.

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