Church issues social media commandments to followers

As a way to arrest cynicism and abuse, the Church of England will soon issue social media commandments, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has said.

He said the set of social media commandments will be made public Monday and he is expected to encourage users to follow 10 “community guidelines” in a digital charter drawn up to reflect Christian values.

Followers, he said, will be able to pledge to abide by them by posting a link on social media.

The church said though social media provided many joys including immediate, interactive, conversational and open-ended platforms, there were other fears that should be curbed, hence the commandments.

Followers, according to one of the commandments, should speaks to others on social media as they would talk to them in person while another warns people to remember they may be held accountable for posts that could remain online forever.

“Social media has transformed the way we live our lives. Each time we interact online we have the opportunity either to add to currents of cynicism and abuse or to choose instead to share light and grace,” Welby said.

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