Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

Bishop Steve Lowe – social media faked

Monday, July 17th, 2023
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The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) warns that two social media accounts of Bishop Steve Lowe on Facebook have been faked. Lowe serves both as the Catholic Bishop of Auckland and President of the New Zealand Bishops’ Conference. The fake social media accounts impersonating Lowe have surfaced on Meta’s Facebook and Messenger platforms and, Read more

Video of pounamu being smashed with hammer creates upset

Monday, August 1st, 2022

A video of a man smashing pounamu with a hammer has caused outrage on social media. The destruction of the taonga appears to relate to a fringe fundamentalist Christian belief held by the two people in the video that the wearing of pounamu is idolatry. Throughout the video, uploaded to Facebook by the account Ahi Read more

Keep Instagram for kids far far away from children

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

The Christian mystic and philosopher Simone Weil wrote that “Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer.” Indeed, we can only love something insofar as we direct our pure, generous attention toward it—be that to God, to a neighbour or to ourselves. And in a world that so hungrily demands it, Read more

Doubts as Facebook rolls out a prayer tool

Thursday, August 12th, 2021
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Facebook already asks for your thoughts. Now it wants your prayers. The social media giant has rolled out a new prayer request feature, a tool embraced by some religious leaders as a cutting-edge way to engage the faithful online. Others are eyeing it warily as they weigh its usefulness against the privacy and security concerns Read more

LifeSiteNews removed from Facebook for violating COVID-19 misinformation policies

Monday, May 10th, 2021

The ultraconservative website LifeSiteNews has been removed from Facebook, with the tech giant accusing the group of violating policies regarding COVID-19. LifeSiteNews, an often faith-themed website that describes as “a known purveyor of misleading information,” announced the Facebook ban on its own website May 4. “Facebook has just permanently banned LifeSiteNews’ Facebook page,” the Read more

Facebook has ‘devastating’ civil rights record, its own audit says

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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A two-year audit of Facebook’s civil rights record found that the company’s elevation of free expression – especially by politicians – above other values has hurt its progress on other matters like discrimination, elections interference and protecting vulnerable users. Facebook hired former American Civil Liberties Union executive Laura Murphy in May 2018 to assess its Read more

Hong Kong: Facebook and WhatsApp ‘pause’ police help

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Hong Kong’s Facebook and WhatsApp laws have drawn criticism from around the world. Several countries, including the UK, have criticised China for imposing new security laws, which they say threaten the territory’s long-standing autonomy. Facebook said it would stop considering the requests, “pending further assessment” of the human rights issues. No personal information about users Read more

Facebook is out of control. If it were a country it would be North Korea

Monday, July 6th, 2020

There is no power on this earth that is capable of holding Facebook to account. No legislature, no law enforcement agency, no regulator. The US Congress has failed. The EU has failed. When the Federal Trade Commission fined it a record $5bn for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, its stock price actually went Read more

Priest tried to livestream Mass – but what happened was hilarious

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

An Italian priest is one of the millions of people currently locked-down due to the coronavirus pandemic. He is also one of the many who are still trying to bring a sense of normality in these uncertain and scary times. As we are not able to leave our homes, except to shop or go to Read more

Facebook called out for St Augustine quote hate speech decision

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Social media giant Facebook ran into determined opposition after describing a St Augustine quote as “hate speech” and removing it from its site. Domenico Bettinelli, a pro-life activist from Massachusetts, immediately wrote a blog post about Facebook taking down the Divine Office passage. Facebook had said it took it down because it violated Facebook’s “Community Read more