Access to many social media sites will no longer be available in meetinghouses after a change to the Church's internet configuration in meetinghouses beginning in May.
Meant to be a way to further the purposes of the Church, enhance worship experiences and support administrative functions, internet access in meetinghouses will be limited to exclude certain non-Church-related internet sites.
Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Xfinity TV, Netflix and Hulu are among the sites no longer supported in Church buildings.
“Non-Church-related internet use in meetinghouses often creates difficulty for those who are trying to use it for Church purposes,” says a release to Church leaders. The notice went to stake and district presidents; bishops and branch presidents; stake and district clerks; and technology specialists.
In an effort to promote “the proper use of the meetinghouse internet,” the following additional non-Church related websites and apps will be blocked:
• Xfinity TV
• Amazon Video
• Clash of Clans
• Big Fish Games
All buildings and residences with Church-provided firewall running the “Meetinghouse” configuration will be included in this filter.