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article imageThousands flock to 'sin-free Facebook'

By James Walker     Jul 7, 2015 in Internet
A special "sin-free" social networking site has drawn 100,000 members in a month of operating. Created by a group of Brazilian Evangelical Christians, swearing and erotic content is banned and blessings, prayers and inspirational quotes encouraged.
Facegloria was created by web designer Atilla Barros and three co-founders. The BBC reports that Barros told AFP in a Portuguese-language interview that he wanted to create a network "where we could talk about God, love and spread His word."
The site launched last month and already claims to have 100,000 users. The design of the website appears to be similar to that of Facebook in many places but there are some key differences.
The Facebook "like" button is replaced by a similar "Amen" button to express a biblical sense of appreciation for content on the site. Users have to conform to the site's strict policies which include bans on violent, erotic or homosexual content, as well as a list of 600 forbidden words.
The site is policed by "more than 20 volunteers" who scrutinise any potentially offensive or "sinful" content, including images of people drinking alcohol or smoking.
Facegloria is currently only available online in the creators' native Portuguese. There are plans to create a mobile app and expand the service to other languages though. The Telegraph writes that Barros hopes to reach 10 million Brazilians in the next two years as the site grows.
The BBC reports that Acir dos Santos, mayor of the town Ferraz de Vasconcelos where the site's creators worked and Facegloria investor to the amount of $16,000, said: "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."
The Telegraph notes that Facegloria has a chance of succeeding, at least in its home country. Forty-two million of Brazil's population of 202 million are Evangelical. Barros wants them all to abandon Facebook and come to the "morally and technically better" Facegloria instead as the strong influence of Christianity continues in the country.
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