Happy Hour News
[Facebook] has rolled out a new prayer request feature, a tool embraced by some religious leaders as a cutting-edge way to engage the faithful online. Others are eyeing it warily as they weigh its usefulness against the privacy and security concerns they have with Facebook.
And you’ll never guess who is one of the early adopters!
The Rev. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas, a Southern Baptist megachurch, was among the pastors enthusiastically welcoming of the prayer feature.
“Facebook and other social media platforms continue to be tremendous tools to spread the Gospel of Christ and connect believers with one another — especially during this pandemic,” he said. “While any tool can be misused, I support any effort like this that encourages people to turn to the one true God in our time of need.”
Gotta give these grifters credit: they can spot a rube a mile away. You say I’m being cynical (again)?
Under its data policy, Facebook uses the information it gathers in a variety of ways, including to personalize advertisements. But the company says advertisers are not able to use a person’s prayer posts to target ads.
And I am the Czar of all the Russias.
Look, you want to pray for a cure for your stinky feet, be my guest, and let’s see how long before Odor Eaters are in your sidebar everywhere you go on the innernets.
Expose that you have a sick loved one, and boom! The sympathy card bidness is letting everyone you know that they can send a card to you. And so on. It’s not always about the user; it’s often about who knows the user.
I think you can see how this could go wrong, completely wrong, very fast. People turn to prayer in their most vulnerable moments, and that Facebook would want to take advantage of those moments for profit is really repellant.