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Zuckerberg stirs discussion of privacy, censorshipWASHINGTON (BP) -- Following Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony on Capitol Hill this week, some evangelicals have underscored their concerns about internet data protection and online censorship of conservative views.
Zuckerberg appeared before U.S. Senate and House committees April 10-11 in the wake of news that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica collected personal data from up to 87 million Facebook users in an allegedly improper manner. During the two days of testimony, Zuckerberg faced nearly 600 questions from about 100 lawmakers, according to The New York Times. Read More
NRB Internet Freedom Watch shines light on censorshipWASHINGTON (BP) -- National Religious Broadcasters is drawing attention to online censorship of Christian and conservative speech by tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple by launching a new initiative -- Internet Freedom Watch.
NRB announced Thursday (Dec. 7) a new website -- InternetFreedomWatch.org -- for documenting cases of internet censorship, including Twitter's takedown of an ad by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R.-Tenn., in October and Facebook removing former Gov. Mike Huckabee's post supporting Chick-fil-A in 2012. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Your Facebook identity
On Facebook, David Jeremiah writes, "you are inviting the entire world to know about your life -- or at least hundreds of 'friends.'" His admonition for being part of Facebook's world: Use it "to cultivate the life you want your best friend, Jesus Christ, to see daily." Read More
Facebook's alleged anti-conservative bias debatedNASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist social media observers have expressed diverse reactions to allegations that Facebook "routinely suppressed" news of interest to conservative readers from the site's "trending" news section.
National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson said Facebook "must change if they want our trust and participation in their platform." Meanwhile, social media expert Marty Duren of LifeWay Christian Resources and digital strategist Darrel Girardier of the Nashville-area Brentwood Baptist Church said Christians desiring to stay informed should not rely on Facebook as their sole news source. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Do you have a story to tell?
Congressman Randy Forbes describes "Faith it Forward," an initiative to tell the story of people across the nation who are helping others -- "stories of hope that are changing our communities, our country and the world." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Social media do's & don'ts
DALLAS (BP) -- Social media has radically altered the cultural landscape. As ministry wives, we have an unparalleled opportunity via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to contribute to the good of our church, family and community. But as in everything, social media also can cause great harm. Read More