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    Brazilian Evangelicals Create 'Sin-Free' Version of Facebook

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    A group of Brazilian Evangelicals has created their own version of Facebook social network named ‘Facegloria’ where reportedly the sinners are not welcome and where you click ‘Amen’ instead of ‘Like.’

    Fluffy clouds flow in a blue sky on the main page of the Facegloria site, and when you receive a message a Gospel melody rings out. The Facegloria design resembles Facebook not by mistake; it was supposed to become a better and "sin-free" version of the world’s most famous network, one of the co-founders Atilla Barros told journalists.

    "On Facebook you see a lot of violence and pornography. That's why we thought of creating a network where we could talk about God, love and to spread His word," Atilla Barros said.

    The site was made by people who had worked at the mayor's office in Ferraz de Vasconcelos, near Sao Paolo. The goal of the religious group is to attract those Brazilian Evangelicals, who use other social networks, according to creators.

    "We want to be morally and technically better than Facebook. We want all Brazilian Evangelicals to shift to Facegloria," Mr. Barros stated.

    Over 100,000 users from Brazil have signed up for Facegloria in its first month of operation, according to creators’ statistics.

    At the moment, signing up to Facegloria is free and anyone can join the network, but they should behave appropriately, following Evangelical religious rules of morality. There are 600 forbidden words and images depicting sexuality and violence are banned. About 20 recruited volunteers monitor the site for violations and to remove offensive posts.

    "Our public doesn't publish these kinds of photos," said one of the volunteers, Daiane Santos, who is working for Facegloria for free six hours per day in addition to his regular job.

    The reporter Chris Matyszczyk wrote on Cnet.com that such a site “is just another example of how people feel the need to gravitate to their own "kind" on social networks, rather than commune with the great unwashed and immoral.”

    The creators of Facegloria are optimistic about the future of the site. They aim to reach an international audience, attracting to Facegloria people from all around the world. The target for the next two years is 10 million users.

    "Our network is global. We have bought the Faceglory domaine in English and in all possible languages. We want to take on Facebook and Twitter here and everywhere," Atilla Barros said.

    Brazil remains the country with the largest Roman Catholic population. But the number of Evangelical Christians has increased from 6 percent in 1980 to 22 percent in 2015. With dynamics like this Evangelicals will become the majority by 2040.

     

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