As public trust in Facebook plummets to an all-time low, Catholics are wondering how they can stay connected after abandoning the giant social media platform.
From censoring conservative news to exploiting users' personal data, Facebook is seeing millions of accounts being deleted. One Church Militant viewer wrote in to ask how she could stay connected with fellow Catholics who are leaving Facebook:
I am wondering if you can make any suggestion as to how Catholics can communicate as they abandon Facebook. Many of us have come to "know" each other and "help" each other with suggestions and advice — a good group had formed under the title RIGID Catholics — Latin Mass and those seeking and prayers for help. I want to get off FB asap but do not want to lose contact with all those good people.
The Download panelists today encouraged viewers not to abandon Facebook altogether but to use it as a means of sharing their faith and relevant news with family and friends. They should not, however, rely on Facebook to faithfully deliver news streams to their social media feed as these are being filtered quite heavily.
To obtain faithful Catholic news, viewers will need to go directly to the actual news sites themselves more and more in the future. Church Militant is taking steps to beef up its website and is encouraging viewers to directly come there rather than trust that Facebook will deliver their Catholic content to them.
Church Militant, moreover, is already the number one commented on Catholic website in the world today. This allows viewers to share their viewpoints directly under the articles and shows that speak to the Catholic issues of the day.
To promote Catholic networking, Church Militant has also started some 200 Resistance groups in the United States and around the world that are comprised of faithful Catholics. This allows them to pray and study their faith together, as well as share news and personal challenges that come from living the Faith.
Watch the panel discuss the publics' loss of trust with social media's giant in The Download—Facebook.