A group of Evangelical Christians in Brazil recently launched a networking social media site akin to the famous Facebook. Only that the new social network is cleaner and devoid of sin and all representations of the Evil One.
FaceGlória practically runs and contains the same functions of Facebook. But Atilla Barros, co-founder and web designer, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) they made sure it will have a distinct difference to its counterpart. “On Facebook you see a lot of violence and pornography,” Barros said.
On FaceGloria, what members will see will be images and materials “where we could talk about God, love and to spread His word.” Moreover, posts containing inappropriate language, pictures containing tobacco or alcohol, raunchy selfies and anything remotely referencing homosexuality gets deleted immediately on the site. Over 20 people volunteered to patrol the site.
Even with virtually no funding, the site has attracted over 100,000 Christian users on its first month alone.
Instead of a “Like” button, Barros and his team of four Brazilian evangelical Christians developed an “Amen” button that users can click to express support. Content of over 600 words are banned from the site. Users cannot also swear, write cuss words, criticize religious leaders, post anything even vaguely sexual or violent, or other material that violate “Biblical principles” in any way.
Facegloria’s News Feed contains family photos and Biblical memes. The sidebar has Gospel music streams. Profile layouts are simple they just contain basic biographical facts and photo albums.
“We want all Brazilian Evangelicals to shift to Facegloria,” Barros told The Telegraph. People from outside the South American country can sign up as well.
The site is written in Portuguese. One might need the Google Translate to fully use the website and understand what’s posted there.
Plans, however, are on the table to expand FaceGloria to other countries in the world. This includes the English-speaking nations. “Our network is global,” Acir dos Santos, mayor of Ferraz de Vaconcelos in Brazil and investor in the website, told BBC. “We have bought the Faceglory domain in English and in all possible languages. We want to take on Facebook and Twitter here and everywhere.”
Evangelicals account for between a quarter and a fifth of the total Brazilian population today, the AFP reports. They are expected to become the majority by 2040.
Barros hopes FaceGlória will have established itself as the primary social network in Brazil when that time arrives. “In two years we hope to get to 10 million users in Brazil,” he said.