17 April, 2021

Apparently Speaking About Eastern Orthodoxy Is No Longer Allowed by Facebook

Facebook swings the banhammer and hits a monk.

Facebook bans Orthodox Christian monk, Abbot Tryphon (reclaimthenet.org)

Facebook has banned the page of an Orthodox Christian monk based in the Pacific Northwest, cutting him off from his nearly 40,000 followers without prior warning.

In a blog post entitled, “Dark Forces,” Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington, explains his mission in life and on the internet, and his situation now that the trend of, as he said, the truth being blocked online by dark forces has affected him as well.

I’ve read a little bit. The worst (it appears) that you can say about Tryphon is that he may be a bit of a kook. So what? He’d probably say I’m a bit of a kook. He might have harsher words for me than that. And I probably deserve them. Being eccentric doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be allowed a voice.

As for Facebook, the abbot said his goal was to share encouragement and equip his followers on this social network with the tools to cope with what he describes as “the age of nihilism.”

Abbot Tryphon describes the internet as something that, while it does plenty of harm, also presents a very useful way for Christians, including Orthodox ones, to communicate and spread their message.

Ahh. See, he probably said some bad things about Big Tech. Big Tech protects its own.

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