Social media giant Facebook has recently tightened its policies against bullying, but it has reportedly excluded Jesus Christ from a list of people who are protected from abuse.
The Guardian reported that Facebook has made some changes to its anti-bullying policy in recent months, but the social media giant has come up with a list of people that are "excluded from protection."
"We want to exclude certain people who are famous or controversial in their own right and don't deserve our protection," a document from Facebook noted.
In the document, Jesus Christ is lumped together with other notorious public figures such as Osama bin Laden and the mass murderer Charles Manson. Also included in the list are rapists, domestic abusers, political and religious leaders before 1900, and people who violate hate speech rules.
Training manuals for moderators define bullying as "an attack on private persons with the intent to upset or silence them." However, the social media giant noted that its anti-bullying policy does not extend to public figures.
The documents indicated that politicians, journalists, people with more than 100,000 fans on any social media platform, and those who have been frequently mentioned in the news within the last two years, fall under the website's definition of a public figure.
However, the social media platform explained that entertainment stars such as singer Rihanna could be protected if posts about them include their photo with a caption that matches a "cruelty topic."
"Rihanna is famous in her own right for being a singer. She was also a victim of domestic violence. You can mock her for her singing, but not for being a victim of domestic violence," the document stated.
Monika Bickert, head of global policy management at Facebook, explained that posts about public figures can still be removed from the website if it "crosses the line into hate speech, threats, or harassment."
Another document stated that the website allows video footages of physical bullying if it is provided without any commentary.
Facebook has previously told its moderators not to remove posts that mock people without disabilities or serious diseases. But the social media giant has now insisted that it does not allow mocking of people with disabilities.
The social media website's policies have often affected people of faith such as Elizabeth Johnston, whose Facebook account, "The Activist Mommy," was suspended after she cited passages from the Bible, stating that homosexuality is a "detestable" sin and an "abomination."
Facebook later restored Johnston's account and said that the removal of her post was done by mistake and "in error."
- Pro-life pregnancy centers fight back against campaign to label them as 'fake clinics' in online reviews
- Apple removes pro-life app from App Store following criticism from pro-choice advocates
- Mumbai-based gaming company to release 'Abortion Simulator' app
- Facebook attributes removal of more than two dozen Catholic pages to 'malfunction'
Apart from attacks from Fulani herdsmen and Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, Christians in Nigeria are also facing increasing threats and attacks from occult groups that are targeting churches at night.
Many Americans who consider themselves evangelicals do not actually hold evangelical beliefs, survey finds
About a quarter of Americans consider themselves to be evangelical Christians, but a survey has found that a significant proportion does not actually hold evangelical beliefs.
A Christian teacher in the U.K. is suing a school after he was suspended for referring to a transgender pupil, who self-identifies as male, as a girl.
A prominent secularist group has called for an IRS investigation into an Alabama church after it displayed a sign that endorsed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
A leading secularist group has raised concerns about cross memorials that were created by high school students in Georgia as part of a city effort to honor local military veterans.
The supporters of the Islamic State terror group are reportedly trying to frame Christians for the attack on Al Rawdah mosque in Egypt last month in an attempt to incite revenge attacks against them over the holiday season.
Members of the British parliament are asking the government to consider refusing entry to U.S. evangelist Franklin Graham, who is accused of making inflammatory comments against Islam and the LGBT community.
A new documentary from the History Channel has claimed that Jesus Christ may not have been born in a stable of an inn but a residential house owned by Joseph's relative in Bethlehem.
A young boy who was staying at the Smyllum Park orphanage in the 1960s was beaten "black and blue" after catching two nuns in an embrace at a boiler room, a child abuse inquiry has heard.
There has been a significant decline in President Donald Trump's job approval rating since February, and it is most noticeable among white evangelical Protestants, a group that proved to be his core voting bloc in the 2016 elections.
Amnesty International Ireland is being threatened with criminal charges after it refused to return an illegal donation from U.S. billionaire George Soros to fund its pro-abortion campaign.