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According to a circulating report, Facebook is set to implement new rules that will ban users from posting material that is in any way related to religion.


Brief Analysis

The claims in the report are nonsense. There is no such ban. The story is fiction, and comes from the fake-news 'satirical' website National Report. Nothing published on National Report should be taken seriously.



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Facebook To Ban Religious Posts, Memes After Criticism From Atheism Groups

In a closed-door session with shareholders on Tuesday, Facebook executives wheeled out a set of new rules which, when implemented later this year, will ban their users from creating status updates and image posts related in any way to religion, while also vowing to disband groups and take down pages with religious goals or affiliations.

Facebook Religious Post Ban

Detailed Analysis

Story Claims Religious Posts to be Banned on Facebook

According to a story that has been making its way around the interwebs since January 2015, Facebook is introducing new rules that will ban its users from posting status updates or images that are in any way related to religion. The story claims that Facebook will also be removing any religious orientated Pages and Groups.

Supposedly, the new rules will be rolled out in stages over coming months.

The story has caused angst and outrage in some circles with many commentators decrying the new rules.

Story is Fiction – Comes From Fake-News Site National Report

However, the story is utter nonsense. Facebook has certainly not announced any such plans. The report - which is completely fictional - comes from the fake-news 'satirical' website National Report.

National Report presents its stories as seemingly official news reports and does not include any clear disclaimer that indicates that its material is fictional.

Thus, many people believe the reports and are apt to share them via their social media feeds and other communication channels.

There are now a number of fake-news websites churning out a constant stream of drivelling nonsense disguised as news.

Facebook has recently introduced an update that allows users to report circulating stories as fake news. This, and other strategies seem to have significantly reduced the number of fake-news stories that spread on Facebook.

However, the bogus stories still circulate far and wide via other social networks, blog posts, and email.

It is wise to verify any news stories that come your way before your share them. A search on a news portal such as Google News will likely reveal if a circulating story is true.

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Last updated: July 17, 2015
First published: March 13, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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