Vashon Island, Washington, April 13, 2021
Abbot Tryphon, the head of the All-Merciful Savior Monastery on Vashon Island in Washington and the author of the popular “The Morning Offering” blog and podcast, has been locked out of his Facebook account, where he also posted his daily reflections.
On April 3, the monastery website reported: “Just a short note here – Abbot Tryphon was temporarily locked out of his Facebook account due to security reasons.”
However, yesterday, Fr. Tryphon reported that he was leaving Facebook for alternative social media site MeWe, having been permanently locked out of his Facebook account.
His page remains on Facebook and past posts can be seen, but Abbot Tryphon is now unable to update his page.
According to his post, Fr. Tryphon believes Facebook is using “security reasons” as an excuse to put an end to an account they find objectionable:
As you know my Facebook account was recently closed, allegedly for “possibly being hacked”. We were informed, however, by some people whose acquaintances work within the company, that my “Abbot Tryphon” account was actually flagged for content in violation of Facebook’s terms. While it is true that I would raise issues in my discussions that are very much against the current trends of thought in our country, both I and others were still surprised that it was closed without any possible way to appeal, even with one last post to tell people where else they could go to look at the same content.
However, on another level, this is not surprising at all, Abbot Tryphon writes, as “intellectual and politically acceptable currents in our country have been moving in that direction for some time,” with the media and educational institutions following suit.
Abbot Tryphon believes the Lord’s instruction that when we are not accepted in one city, we should shake the dust off our feet and go to another city applies to this situation. “With that in mind, we are creating a new group on the social networking platform MeWe. Anyone can join the group,” he writes.
Fr. Tryphon can be found on MeWe at https://mewe.com/join/themorningoffering.
“We are called to keep spreading the truth of Orthodoxy, and must use whatever means we can with calmness of soul and gratitude to God that His Providence is over all things,” he writes.