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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 Testing a New Feature Called ‘Hide Replies’

A Twitter user can also hide replies that attempt to correct misinformation or offer a fact check

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You will soon be able to hide replies in the conversation thread on Twitter that are offensive, hateful or racist in nature. The micro-blogging platform is testing a feature called “Hide Replies”, beginning with users in Canada which will be rolled out globally.

It is not the equivalent of a delete button but hides replies behind an icon.

If your followers still want to see the hidden replies, they can press the icon and view those.

“We’re testing a feature to hide replies from conversations. This experience will be available for everyone around the world, but at this time, only people in Canada can hide replies to their tweets,” Twitter Support posted late on Wednesday.

“They’ll be hidden from the main conversation for everyone behind a new icon. As long as it hasn’t been deleted and/or is not from an account with protected tweets, everyone can still interact with a hidden reply by clicking the icon to view,” it added.

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The aim, said Twitter, is to have healthy conversations on its platform.

There is, however, a downside to the feature.

“For example, a user could choose to hide replies that simply disagreed with their views. This would then create a ‘filter bubble’ where only people who shared the original poster’s same opinion would have their comments prominently displayed,” reports Tech Crunch.

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A Twitter user can also hide replies that attempt to correct misinformation or offer a fact check.

However, for Twitter, “transparency is important to us — that’s why we’re hiding the replies behind an icon where they can still be accessed. We want to give tweet authors control over their conversations, but in a way that’s open”. (IANS)