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#SoulVultures: Christian ‘missionaries’ call for conversions in disaster struck Nepal

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

While the world watched with bated breath the unfolding tragedy in Nepal, a few on twitter started their own agenda. #SoulVultures turned the dialogue on the social media away from a humanitarian one to sheer communal bigotry.

The tag is being used against the religious conversion activities carried out by missionaries, under the garb of love, care and helping.

The twitter handle, belonging to a certain Matthew Armendarez, which was the first to tweet religiosity rather than relief and respite, has been deactivated.

Armendarez tweeted about how 99.5% of Nepal is untouched by Christianity and could not hear the Gospel before death.

Needless to say that the issue was magnified out of proportion due to its sentimental value and basic misunderstanding of expression. However, even the presence of such ideas during a community’s hour of need, betray a huge vacuum in humanitarian understanding and thinking beyond faith.

No ground evidence of any such activity is there to corroborate the social media outcry. However in all the humbug, a few tweets did display the potential of vested interests in behaving with perfect opportunist attitude, apathetic to the sentimentality and needs of people.

Most of the Twitter handles which tweeted so have been deactivated or turned private.

This is how Twitter reacted to #SoulVenultures

  • Dr. Guha

    Let Indians take special note of what the CHURCH WALLAS are up to. Attempt to convert at this time of crisis in Nepal is it because they want to establish people’s faith in “PARAMATHMA”? Let there be no miscalculation. They are focused on what is under the ground, in the forest, and in the rivers and streams of a given country as they have always been under the mask of spiritualism. These are the most dangerous vultures and agents of those who pretend to bring peace by dropping bombs on peoples head.

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  • Dr. Guha

    Let Indians take special note of what the CHURCH WALLAS are up to. Attempt to convert at this time of crisis in Nepal is it because they want to establish people’s faith in “PARAMATHMA”? Let there be no miscalculation. They are focused on what is under the ground, in the forest, and in the rivers and streams of a given country as they have always been under the mask of spiritualism. These are the most dangerous vultures and agents of those who pretend to bring peace by dropping bombs on peoples head.

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Twitter Bans All Kinds of Political Ads From its Platform

Experts said the onus is now on Facebook which has become a platform for spreading misleading and fake political ads

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Putting pressure on Facebook to follow suit, Twitter has officially banned all kinds of political ads from its platform, weeks after CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the micro-blogging site would no longer allow those ads.

No political content will be promoted from candidates, parties, governments or officials, public accounts committees (PACs) and certain political non-profit groups.

“Twitter globally prohibits the promotion of political content. We have made this decision based on our belief that political message reach should be earned, not bought,” the micro-blogging platform said on Friday.

It defines political content as content that references a candidate, political party, elected or appointed government official, election, referendum, ballot measure, legislation, regulation, directive or judicial outcome.

“Ads that contain references to political content, including appeals for votes, solicitations of financial support, and advocacy for or against any of the above-listed types of political content, are prohibited under this policy,” said Twitter.

On October 31, Dorsey tweeted: “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics.”

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News of the ban divided America’s political camps for the 2020 election. Brad Parscale, manager of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, said the ban was “yet another attempt by the left to silence Trump and conservatives”.

Twitter said it also does not allow ads of any type by candidates, political parties, or elected or appointed government officials.

“News publishers who meet our exemption criteria may run ads that reference political content and/or prohibited advertisers under our political content policy, but may not include advocacy for or against those topics or advertisers,” it elaborated.

Dorsey had explained his position in a thread of tweets.

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“We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…” he tweeted.

Internet political ads, he said, presented “entirely new challenges to civic discourse”. These challenges included “machine learning-based optimization of messaging”, “micro-targeting, unchecked misleading information, and deep fakes”.

Experts said the onus is now on Facebook which has become a platform for spreading misleading and fake political ads. (IANS)