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Fact Check-Facebook has not banned ‘The Lord’s Prayer’

Contrary to online rumors, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has not said that posts of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ to the social media platform are banned. A representative for Facebook owner Meta confirmed to Reuters the rumors are false.

Posts include a paragraph of text that begins: “After hearing Mark Zuckerberg saying that posting of the Lord’s Prayer goes against their policies, I’m asking all Christians to please follow my example and post the Lord’s Prayer.”

An example of the post with the hashtag #faithchallenge (here`4948590393411&type=3) has been shared over 500,000 times to Facebook.

The false claim is the 2022 resurgence of a 2020 rumor, as evidenced in news reporting by WUSA9 (here) which debunks the tale.

A Reuters review of Facebook’s Community Standards (here) reveals no direct prohibitions on posting “The Lord’s Prayer.” The group “The Lord’s Prayer,” (here) which shares the prayer in its “about” section, remains active and provides evidence of Facebook’s acceptance of the prayer.

The platform does, however, ban religious hate speech (here).

Facebook defines hate speech “as a direct attack against people — rather than concepts or institutions— on the basis of what we call protected characteristics: race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and serious disease. We define attacks as violent or dehumanizing speech, harmful stereotypes, statements of inferiority, expressions of contempt, disgust or dismissal, cursing and calls for exclusion or segregation.”

Meta confirmed to Reuters via email that posting “The Lord’s Prayer” “does not violate our policies.”

VERDICT

False. Facebook has not banned “The Lord’s Prayer.” A representative from Facebook owner Meta confirmed the prayer does not violate Facebook policies.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here .

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