Source Article: https://postsecret.com/2019/06/02/postsecret-instagram/
To see a secret everyday follow PostSecret on Instagram or Facebook. Because of some community members sharing their thoughtful concerns with me about comments I will be turning off comments on Instagram as an experiment. (It is not possible to turn-off comments on Facebook).
Can you please start turning off the comments on the Instagram secrets? It’s really sad how hurtful people are and you just let them be. PostSecret was always a safe space. Wasn’t that why you created postsecret? So people could express themselves without feeling like they would be judged and/or mocked? Now it’s become a place for bullies, trolls and harassment. It breaks my heart.
Sent: Monday, May 27, 2019 1:14:00 PM
Subject: Please consider turning off the comments on Instagram
I’ve been reading the PostSecret blog every weekend for about 7 years now. I have sent in several secrets and one was even posted on your blog. Until recently, I didn’t know PostSecret also had a Facebook and Instagram presence. When I saw the Instagram account my heart immediately sank and I felt a little sick. The comments section is like that of any other comment section on the internet. What I saw often in the comments were people criticizing the secret for typos, people judging the secret from their own moral pulpit and general insults and arguments between people. Many nonconstructive things appear in the comments.
As an example, I would like to refer to the secret on 5/21 on Instagram. It reads: “been teaching for 10 years. Hold a masters and advanced certification. I sometimes make up the grades…” There are currently 322 comments on it. One in particular reads: “That’s bullshit!!! If you don’t like teaching, do something else!!! These kids study and stress and you f$@“ with their grades…. shame on you!!” Someone sent in their secret to you. Entrusted you with it because they felt they couldn’t tell anyone in the world- hence making it a secret. Upon receiving that secret you uploaded it to the Instagram where another stranger wrote the words “shame on you”. This is the crux on my argument. This is absolutely NOT what Post Secret is about. How would the person holding this secret feel about it now after reading those comments?
I feel disappointed and betrayed by PostSecret. I’ve watched your videos, TED talk, interview on TED Radio hour and your message is consistent: secrets are powerful, vulnerable, and in your own words the “currency of intimacy.” You even stated (I believe in the TED radio hour podcast) that some secrets are too personal to be posted. So why is that some secrets are too personal to ever make it to the internet, some secrets are posted on your blog which is comment free, and some secrets are posted on platforms where they are subject to criticism from anonymous people on the internet? This last option hardly seems fair. How and why do you get to make that choice with people’s most vulnerable truths? I’m curious, do you consider how people would feel to see their secrets posted on platforms with comments enabled? I know I would personally feel a little mortified and worse about myself if my secret was posted to Instagram where it was commented on and analyzed by strangers versus being posted on the Post Secret blog.
Prior to reading the secret at the beginning of this email I had been planning on sending on my next secret. I won’t be doing that any more as I no longer feel comfortable sending in secrets knowing it could be posted on Instagram with comments enabled. That really bums me out. The secret I was ready to send in deals with a taboo subject and I’m not willing to potentially subject myself to Instagram comments on something so personal. I always found it freeing to have PostSecret as an outlet. I no longer feel comfortable with that outlet and feel as though it has been taken away. I would like to emphasize this as now at least 2 of your long time followers have felt alienated by having secrets being posted on social media; myself and the original creator of the aforementioned secret.