Fact Check: Facebook Did NOT Ban Posting Of The Lord's Prayer

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  • by: Eric Ferkenhoff
Fact Check: Facebook Did NOT Ban Posting Of The Lord's Prayer Not Policy

Did Facebook ban the posting of the Lord's Prayer because it goes againsts its policies? No, that's not true: A Facebook spokesman said the social media network has not banned the prayer -- also known as the "Our Father" prayer -- from its platform.

The claim appeared in a meme (archived here) on Facebook posted on April 10, 2020. The post read:

Facebook is saying that posting the
Lords prayer goes against their
policies, I'm asking all Christians
to please post the Lord's Prayer./

Our Father who art in heaven
hallowed by Your name, Your
Kingdom come, Your will be done, on
earth as it is in heaven. Give us this
day, our daily bread, and forgive us
our transgressions as we forgive our
transgressors and lead us not into
temptation but deliver us from evil,
for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power,
and the Glory forever. Amen

This is what the (now deleted) post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

A quick search on Facebook reveals several pages and posts dedicated to the prayer, including many that have the full text. Some of them have been on Facebook for several years.

In a statement to Lead Stories, a Facebook company spokesperson wrote in an email:

"Posting the Lord's prayer does not violate our policies"

(Editors' Note: Facebook is a client of Lead Stories, which is a third-party fact checker for the social media platform. On our About page, you will find the following information:

Since February 2019 we are actively part of Facebook's partnership with third party fact checkers. Under the terms of this partnership we get access to listings of content that has been flagged as potentially false by Facebook's systems or its users and we can decide independently if we want to fact check it or not. In addition to this we can enter our fact checks into a tool provided by Facebook and Facebook then uses our data to help slow down the spread of false information on its platform. Facebook pays us to perform this service for them but they have no say or influence over what we fact check or what our conclusions are, nor do they want to.)

  Eric Ferkenhoff

Eric Ferkenhoff has been a reporter, editor and professor for 27 years, working chiefly out of the Midwest and now the South. Focusing on the criminal and juvenile justice systems, education and politics, Ferkenhoff has won several journalistic and academic awards and helped start a fact-checking project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he continues to teach advanced reporting. Ferkenhoff also writes and edits for the juvenile justice site JJIE.org.


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