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HOAX - Facebook 'No Religion Campaign'


Outline

Circulating message claims that Facebook is set to launch a 'No Religion' campaign during which people caught spreading religious beliefs on the network will have their accounts locked.

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Brief Analysis

The message is just a silly hoax. Facebook is not implementing any such campaign. In fact, the message is just an alternative version of an earlier - and equally spurious - hoax that claimed that Facebook was about to launch a 'No Swearing' campaign. Several other variants of the hoax are circulating, including one that claims that Facebook is launching a 'No Marijuana' campaign. All of these messages are nonsense and should not be taken seriously.

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Example

No religion campaign

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As of March20/2014, we at Facebook will be launching a 'No Religion' Campaign. Anyone caught spreading religious beliefs in any form will have their account locked, and further pending investigations may be held.

This is due to the new laws issued by our legal department
(section 182P34b) as new advertisers and groups have petitioned for a 'more logical' and 'adult' social network.

If a user(you) continues to spread any form of religious propaganda will be shut down and a permanent ban will be placed into effect, immediately.
- Mark Zukerberg.

No Religion Facebook Hoax


Detailed Analysis

This message, which is currently circulating rapidly via social media websites, causing outrage and indignation as it travels, claims that Facebook is about to launch a 'No Religion' campaign. According to the message, come 20th March 2014, Facebook will be implementing a campaign designed to stop people from spreading their religious beliefs on the network.

Supposedly, users who break these new 'no religion' posting 'laws' will have their accounts locked pending further investigation. The message, which circulates in image format, suggests that the campaign is in response to pressure from advertisers and groups who are petitioning for a more logical and adult social network. It further adds that users who continue to circulate 'religious propaganda' will have their accounts permanently banned.

But, the message is just a silly hoax with nary a grain of truth. Facebook is certainly not going to launch any sort of 'no religion' campaign. In fact, the message is nothing more than an alternative version of an earlier message that claimed that Facebook was set to launch a 'no swearing' campaign on the same date in March. The format and presentation of both hoaxes is identical as is much of the wording. Of course, the claims about a 'no swearing' campaign are also nonsense.

And, there are several other equally silly variants of the same 'Facebook Campaign' (or 'Campain') hoax, including one supposedly warning of a 'No Marijuana' policy.

All of these 'campaign' messages are nonsense and should not be taken seriously. And, for the record, if Facebook were to launch a change in its posting policies, it certainly would not do so via a poorly rendered viral picture message. Facebook's guidelines on user conduct and posting can be viewed via the company's Community Standards and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.






Last updated: March 10, 2014
First published: March 10, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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References
HOAX - Facebook 'No Swearing Campain'
Facebook Community Standards
Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities






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