Or at least, a modern version of an older problem.
A young man who used to work with me friend-requested me on facebook. In the 4 years or so I knew him at work, I don't think I had heard a single political comment come out of his mouth. We had fine conversations. I like him.
His facebook feed is 60-70% political, and he posts 3-7 times a day. It is not only liberal, but frequently insulting in tone. He seems to read Vox and post what he thinks we need to read. Lots of people use FB for this purpose, and I don't unfriend them, I just put them in the "don't follow" category. If they get a lot of comments, sometimes one of those people's posts will come through onto my page. Which is fine. It's usually not too many, and it's not like I need to be sheltered from all of it.
Here's the problem. He has cancer, and I want to keep up with how that is going, and he no longer works at my hospital. Thus, I get a hundred articles I disagree with - not a huge deal, but irritating - plus 30-40 insults, to get one update on how he is doing and feeling. This is an echo of what happened with other people, closer to me and longer ago. I suppose it is just Real Life, that everyone in a village or a family has had to go through for centuries.