To each his own, they say. Yet, recently, a very small group of people from Brazil have made it big with a new type of social media site. Now, they say, you can atone for your sins through sin free Facebook – or, as they call it, Faceglória.
What is Faceglória? At first glance, it’s a pretty simple concept. It’s Facebook without all the nastiness that does not correspond to what the Bible preaches. Or what the Evangelical Church of Brazil believes that the Bible preaches.
No swearing. No criticizing of religious leaders. No sexy posting. No violent posts. The last two are extremely strict. You can tell by the fact that Facebook also has a no sexy posting policy, yet these guys thought that it was too permissive.
So – sorry Lady Gaga, no Faceglória profile for you.
But, this site also presents our “favorite” part of the current Facebook, in a much enhanced version:
Much more Bible quotes. Much more religious memes. Much more fanaticism. And also, much, much more moderated content. Yey!
But wait, there’s more: instead of the “Like” button, you have an “Amen” button. Amen to that.
The most shocking thing is that with close to no funding, the site’s gone up big time. It now numbers an astonishing 100 thousand users. That has prompted the creators of God’s social media website to buy domains for the English version of the site, and a few other languages as a bonus.
The virtual cardinals of the site have decided that they want to “take on Facebook.” So this is clearly an overt attack to Zuckerberg’s monster website. How do they plan to do this? By carefully cleaning up each and everyone’s news feed.
Ignoring the viability of such an approach on a much enlarged number of users, the site’s twenty moderators are hard at work checking just about every post, every comment, and every user account coming through. Yet, there are signs that they are already overwhelmed.
There are more than a few mock-accounts, like “Atheist dead God”, or “Deus e gay.” These accounts have yet to be banned. Yet, in response to the many blasphemies created, site representatives have openly complained to Brazilian media that they are under attack by “gays and Satanists.”
Yet, is this site ethical? Many of its policies violate fundamental rights like that to free speech.
However, we needn’t fear it will overcome Facebook. It will probably fade just as fast as it appeared.
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