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"Type Amen" or Perishl Religious Deception on Facebook

Chimuanya, Lily and lgwebuike, Ebuka (2019) "Type Amen" or Perishl Religious Deception on Facebook. In: Handbook of Research on Deception, Fake News, and Misinformation Online. IGI Global Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global), United States of America, pp. 503-518. ISBN 9781522585350 (hardcover) I ISBN 9781522585374 (ebook)

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This chapter examines religious discourse on Facebook and brings to the fore the recurrent deceptive requests that have given rise to new forms of religious extremism and radicalism. Many Christians have turned to social media as a medium where their faith can be practiced and with the intention of enforcing it on others. One major avenue through which this ensues is in the inherent ideological requests on Facebookwhere members are threatened to either type "Amen" or be afflicted with curses as punishment. These misleading requests usually attract instantaneous thousands of "likes" and consenting responses that depict underlying fear. An awareness of these extremist inclinations against the backdrop of religion is crucial to the understanding and interpretation of the semiotic realities within such Facebook posts.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 25 May 2021 10:45
Last Modified: 25 May 2021 10:45

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