Facegloria, billed as the “sin-free” alternative to Facebook, was created with the burgeoning Christian evangelist population of Brazil in mind.
A Brazilian group of Evangelical Christians recently rolled out a milder, gossip- and backtalk-free version of Facebook – Facegloria.
There’s a hot new social network in town that’s looking to scoop up some of Facebook’s market share but – sorry to say – devil-worshippers amongst you simply aren’t welcome. The same goes for violence and erotica as well as anything having to do with homosexuality.
With help from the Ferraz de Vasconcelos mayor’s own pocket, they set up a business with about US$16,000 in startup money and FaceGloria was born. For now Facegloria is only available in Portuguese, but there are plans to expand into other languages.
He said “Our network is global. We want all Brazilian Evangelicals to shift to Facegloria”, Barros told The Telegraph.
Barros, who envisioned the website three years ago alongside three other Christian colleagues while working at the mayor’s office in Ferraz de Vasconcelos, said he’s hoping Facegloria will be a big hit.
There are strict rules on what you can post, for example gay kisses and erotic contact are forbidden and 600 words are banned.
This means that Facegloria may be another way for religious communities to come together to talk about their beliefs without being disrupted by the unfaithful, CNET reported.
Co-founder Atilla Barros told news agency AFP that the team hoped to have 10 million users within two years and that they were expecting a rush of users in the coming months when they launch their mobile app. The site provides members with daily Koran quotes and has a special filter to shield Islamic women from intruders.
The creators claim that Facegloria has gained a following of almost 10o, 000 since its launch last month, according to BBC.
Statistics show that Brazil has the world’s largest Roman Catholic population, which may explain why the social network has gotten people’s attention.