Faceglory: The Christian Facebook?
Are you tired of looking at dirty words and depictions of sex and violence on social media? Brazillian start-up Faceglory knows you are, and that’s why they’ve started a “sin-free” alternative to Facebook called Faceglory.
The fundamental difference between Faceglória, a Brazillian social media platform, and Facebook, a multi-billion dollar, global social media platform, is the types of content the two allow. In the case of Facebook, most legal content is fair game so long as it does not violate the company’s terms and conditions. Typically, hate speech and the like is the kind of thing that will get a user in trouble on Facebook. On Faceglória (Faceglory), however, the terms and conditions are laid out in the Holy Bible.
Faceglória does not allow “liking” things on other pages. Instead, users say “amen” to things. There is no swearing allowed, plus a list of 600 words are also banned from usage. Sinful content will get a user banned in quick order. The purpose of Faceglória is for users to connect in the absence of the sin that surrounds us all, everywhere we go in the world. On Faceglória, it is not okay, for instance, to depict two men kissing. That is glorifying homosexuality, which evangelicals consider a sin.
The site is the brainchild of Atilla Barros, an employee and resident of Ferraz de Vasconcelos, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Barros managed to raise $16,000 to start the website from the personal pockets of his boss, the mayor, Acir Filló. The site launched last month and saw an immediate interest, garnering 100,000 new users in just 30 days.
Faceglory is a public site that allows anyone to sign up. However, it has very strict content policies that moderators, a group of about 20 employees currently, are not afraid to enforce. Aside from regulating the kinds of things that people are allowed to say on the site, depictions of sexual or violent content are expressly forbidden. Presumably, Muslims are also not welcome on Faceglória, as glorifying Muhammed can easily be interpreted as invalidating Jesus. Which is the number one thing people are not allowed to do, that is, use the name of Jesus Christ in any way that evangelical Christians might find offensive.
While Faceglory is largely focusing on the Brazilian market, aiming for 10 million users over the next two years, its founder believes that the movement could take Facebook on globally. He told the Telegraph:
Our network is global. We have bought the Faceglory domain in English and in all possible languages. We want to take on Facebook and Twitter here and everywhere.
With sites like ChristianMingle.com seeing broad success, there is no telling where something like Faceglory could go.