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Political dividing lines emerge on Facebook during Clinton, Trump race

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The presidential election is dividing friends on Facebook. (AP PHOTO) The presidential election is dividing friends on Facebook. (AP PHOTO)
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While Facebook was introduced as a way to keep in touch with friends and family, it's become a dividing line during the passionate presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. 

For some, the contentious presidential election between Clinton and Trump has led to some friends "unfriending" or "unfollowing" each other. 

Beth Vonnahme, a political science professor and psychologist for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has a theory on why that's the case. 

"Politics reveals things about you," she said. "Your positions, the things you believe in, the people you believe in. And if you find out a friend doesn't share your beliefs, you may not wonder if that friendship is really worth it." 

Other Facebook users are taking the direct route, on their timeline, telling supporters for "the other candidate" to beat it, which starts more fights. 

Jacob Powell, a student at UMKC, is one user who admits to unfriending people because of politics. 

"Just the promotion and rhetoric of hate, nativism, and racism," Powell said. "And it's just so overt, I don't want to hear it." 

Nelson Atkins, another UMKC student, said he's deleted five friends because of the Clinton-Trump race. 

"It makes me look at them, like dang, like OK...you'll say one thing, you'll stand up for another thing," Atkins said. "Then, when Trump says it or any other politician says it, it's like 'I'm going to listen to that politician because of what he says or she says.'"

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