A Brazilian group of Evangelical Christians recently rolled out a milder, gossip- and backtalk-free version of Facebook – Facegloria. On the new social networking site, swearing or posting eroticized selfies is completely banned, administrators said.
According to the founders, Facegloria currently has 100,000 registered members and the number is growing larger. If we think that the site was launched roughly last month the growth rate is quite amazing.
The site also has a list with 600 words that users are strictly prohibited to use. There is also an “Amen” button, rather than a like button, to show that you agree with or enjoy a particular post.
Yet, Muslims also have a Facebook-like social network – Ummaland, which was rolled a couple of years ago and currently has nearly 330,000 users. The site provides members with daily Koran quotes and has a special filter to shield Islamic women from intruders.
“We are creating Ummaland on Islamic values, no small talk, no boasting, no gossiping and backbiting but focusing on the message that really matters,”
said Ummaland’s creator Maruf Yusupov days after the site was launched.
Facegloria may attract a lot more members as soon as it will be available in other languages besides Portuguese. Creators announced that other languages were on their way along with a mobile app. Brazil currently has the largest Roman Catholic community in the world.
Atilla Barros, a web designer and co-founder of Facegloria, acknowledged that there’s a lot of verbal violence and pornography on Facebook nowadays. So, the Brazilian group thought about creating an alternative to Facebook where people could safely speak about “God, love and to spread His word.”
Facegloria does not allow homosexual content or propaganda either.
The site has four founders who came up with the idea while they were working in mayor Acir dos Santos’s office. The mayor help them with their start-up with a $16,000 donation.
The men announced that they had bought the “Facegloria” domain in all languages as they plan to extend globally. Barros said that the initial plan was to take on Twitter and Facebook worldwide.
But Facegloria is not the single case where technology and religious faith intermingle. IT expert John Graham-Cumming noted that there is a programming language created by a devout Christian named Larry Wall which has some religious symbols in it. In that language, for instance, you can use the command “bless” and obtain a technical meaning.
Moreover, TempleOS is a Christian-themed operating system dubbed by its creator Terry Davis “God’s official temple.”
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