I am an inactive JW. I haven’t been on this forum for a few months and have been lurking in others. I have met a few people in real life and online, both on this forum and on others. Naturally I added them to my Facebook friends list. I live 2000 miles away from my JW relatives, so Facebook is a way to keep up with them too. I thought there wasn’t any harm since these were only names which were unknown to them. I created two friends groups, one JW and the other non-JW. Whenever I wanted to rant and use inappropriate language, I restricted the JW group from seeing the posting. I thought that was a good and safe system to keep.
I had no idea what AAWA was until I finally got ahold of my JW brother yesterday and let him know when I was flying out. He told me to not even bother, and that it was a bad idea for me to come since there were going to be active JWs at the wedding. Pressed further, he mentioned that there were rumors going around the family that I had joined an ‘Anti-Watchtower’ group on Facebook (that is the term he used). I came clean to him and admitted that I had a few friends who were ex-JWs on Facebook, but that I most certainly had NOT joined this group. The conversation soon ended, and I frantically searched my Facebook profile. And there it was!
I have since been dropped from the group and have defriended my ex-JW friends.
Wish me luck in explaining to my dad how that whole AAWA thing was not my fault. This is bullshit.