Description: Viral image
Circulating since: Nov. 2012
Status: False (see details below)
As posted on Facebook, Dec. 22, 2012:
Facebook is trying to get folks to remove this picture from their profiles because it is "offensive". Let's band together and prove them otherwise!!!!!
Analysis: The best disproof of this fabricated controversy is the fact that the above image was shared almost a year ago along with the claim that Facebook was trying to get users to remove it — and not only is the original posting still there, it has been shared (as of this writing) over 60,000 times! I couldn't find any instances in which the image had been removed, or in which individual members stated that they had been asked by Facebook to remove it.
There's nothing in Facebook's terms of service forbidding the posting of religious images. Indeed, one can find religious-themed images — Christian and otherwise — everywhere on the site.
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Last updated 10/11/13