LDS Church starts filtering social media, entertainment sites on ward house wi-fi

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) –  Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will find it more difficult to connect to social media during meetings this Sunday

Beginning Tuesday, May 1st the Church’s meetinghouse internet systems are blocking 19 entertainment and social media sites including Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

In a one page statement, the Church it will filter most social networks from their wi-fi, saying “Non-Church -related internet use in meetinghouses often creates difficulty for those who are trying to use it for Church purposes.”

Young church members News4Utah spoke to agreed with the new policy.

“It’s a good idea,” John Barker said. “At least in aspects that we can focus on what we’re supposed to in the Church rather than on social media.”

“When we’re plugged into our social media we’re not really present anymore,” Kelly Taylor told News4Utah. “I’m in a young single adult ward and a lot of us are really involved in social media so it’s probably a good thing to help us focus in church meetings and stuff being able to absorb the good things we go there to get without having those distractions. I know I’ve gotten distracted by that sometimes.”

Lavinia Anderl is a Social Media Major at LDS Business College.

“I’m on all of those things and I don’t think there’s a place for it at church,” she said. “I think it takes away from the sacredness of any meeting that you’re in. I just don’t think it’s the right place.”

The statement lists 19 websites and apps that will be blocked:
-Xfinity TV
-Amazon Video
-Clash of Clans
-Big Fish Games

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