LDS Church blocking most social media sites in its meetinghouses

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The LDS Church will restrict access to social media channels over its wifi network in LDS meetinghouses. (Photo courtesy of lds.org)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will now block social media sites on the internet at its meetinghouses, the Church announced Tuesday.

According to lds.org, the change is meant as an effort to help promote “the proper use of the meetinghouse internet.” Other reasons the LDS Church listed for restricting social media use over the wifi network include an effort to “enhance worship experiences and support administrative functions.”

“Non-Church-related internet use in meetinghouses often creates difficulty for those who are trying to use it for Church purposes,” the Church said in a My Callings email notice to stake and district presidents; bishops and branch presidents; stake and district clerks; and technology specialists on May 1.

These blocked sites will include:

  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr
  • MySpace
  • Twitter
  • Flixster
  • Xfinity TV
  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • Rhapsody
  • Netflix
  • Amazon Video
  • Hulu
  • Soundcloud
  • Zynga
  • Kahoot
  • Clash of Clans
  • Big Fish Games
  • Gamespot

Notably, two major social media channels — YouTube and Facebook — are not on the list.

LDS Church currently has wifi available for free at its meetinghouses. Prior to this announcement, there have not been limitations as to which safe sites members could access using the Church’s wifi.

Read more at lds.org.

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