Facebook locks Abbot Tryphon (The Morning Offering) out of his account

Vashon Island, Washington, April 13, 2021

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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.

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Habes4/15/2021 6:25 am
Facebook has been banning women off breastfeeding groups for not "including" transwomen (degenerate men who want to pretend they're women) and for not agreeing with the whole "transwomen are women!" mantra.
Luke4/14/2021 8:16 pm
Unfortunately, Claes has things backwards. Facebook is banning Abbot Tryphon because *they* want to stifle dissent against their liberal and secular social and political agendas. Think about this for a moment... they didn't even give him a warning.
Anthony WIlder4/14/2021 1:36 pm
Digital censorship is the purpose of the internet. There has always been a push to change the natural God ordained order in creation starting with satans lie in the garden. You cannot change the natural order of creation so the enemy attacks our perception. The digital space is a world for the mind to live in that has an structure antithetical to the natural structure of reality. It is a place of demons. Don't be surprised when Christians aren't welcome.
anonymous4/14/2021 3:44 am
Claes - you're ignorance is laughable.
Brad Tindall4/14/2021 12:01 am
By “far right,” Claes means positions with which he disagrees, or positions for which he is intellectually incapable of debating.
John4/13/2021 7:11 pm
@James: Orthodoxy is inherently conservative. And as the Overton Window continues to march ever towards insanity, normal human behavior and asking simple questions are now outside the bounds. "Claes" is spouting libelous nonsense.
James4/13/2021 6:47 pm
I haven't followed Abbot Tryphon's facebook page (I don't even use Facebook), but I took a look to try and figure out what they have against him. Also, to see if the below comment by Claes is true. Scanning down a couple months of postings, I only see posts on topics from an Orthodox Christian perspective. Claes: what are you referring to when you say, "far right"? Is Orthodox Christianity now "far right"?
Claes4/13/2021 6:20 pm
Abbot Tryphon is better suited to the MeWe platform where his views will less likely be challenged. He has become irresponsible in his attitudes, excusing right-wing violence and parroting conspiracies. The extreme right echo chamber of the new app will suit him very well.
James4/13/2021 5:43 pm
Mark Z: How is he supposed to reset his password when he can't get into his account?
ACatharina4/13/2021 5:34 pm
There are many sleazy ways to silence undesirable opinions. Nobody is going to challenge your opinion anymore... they just push one button and you're gone. Btw, Facebook's anti-hate policy is a joke. I've been reporting death threats and hideous bullying and so far, all the reports have been returned as "unfounded". Freaking death threats. Such policies serve exclusively a political purpose, just like their "safety measures"...
Mark Z4/13/2021 5:20 pm
An ominous sign. I did hear there was another massive FB data hakk.Did our beloved abbot try reset his password??? ????????????
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