There is also a digital charter which the church hopes will try to foster a more positive online atmosphere.The charter is centred on five principles of truth, kindness, welcome, inspiration and togetherness, with an opportunity for people to sign up in support, the church said.The social media guidelines include principles such as ensuring the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults, being honest and not misleading others.Being kind also features, as does taking responsibility and being accountable for what each person does, says and writes, as well as respecting copyright and always crediting where it is due.He noted that users often seem to forget they are publishing and also talking about people when they post things on social media.He suggested that a question they could ask themselves could be, “Is this something that you would say to someone you care about whose humanity you respect?”The Church of England said that while the guidelines are written specifically for all users who engage with the church’s and archbishop’s national social media channels, the guidelines are built on universal principles.The guidance states: “Social media is a very public way of enabling us as Christians to live out our calling to share the good news of Jesus Christ. A spokesperson for the Church of England said: “Our new Social Media Community Guidelines explain that, in some circumstances, we may remove inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive material posted to our national social media accounts.“We have no intention of deleting comments simply for being confusing and there is no suggestion whatsoever that a comment would be removed if it were simply deemed to misquote the Bible.” “One of its many joys is that it is immediate, interactive, conversational and open-ended.”This opportunity comes with a number of downsides if users do not apply the same common sense, kindness and sound judgment that we would use in a face-to-face encounter.”Both the charter and guidelines have the backing of the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.He said: “While there is a time and a place for complaint and criticism, too often today this takes place not to encourage improvement but to vilify an individual or group.”Sometimes it’s about counting to 10 and asking whether a spiteful statement on social media will change a situation for the better.”Today, we are saying that the church wishes to be present in the digital sphere and the same force for social cohesion which it strives to be in the real world, and we want to work alongside social media companies in their work to make social media a safe and enlightening space for all.”The church said it is hoped that all faiths, as well as those who do not follow religion, will use the charter to consider how their online interactions can affect others, both in a positive and negative way. Churchgoers who misuse the Bible will have their comments deleted from posts on the official Church of England Facebook page, the Archbishop has said.The Church of England is launching a new set of “social media commandments” this week, to ensure followers of the religion act in an appropriate way online.Speaking at a live Q&A session at Facebook’s UK headquarters in central London, the Most Rev Justin Welby said: “We are offering them as guidelines and within our own social media platforms, they will be enforced, there will be moderation which ensures that people don’t lie, act with cruelty or use religious jargon in a way that ontologically results in an epistemological confusion.”So people know what’s being said and by whom and that they understand what it means to say something.”He also said that anyone caught lying will have their posts removed, adding: “When you put something out on social media, put the truth out.”Frankly there is no such thing as an alternative fact. There is truth. There is absolute truth. There is opinion and there is truth.”When you are expressing an opinion, show kindness. Don’t go for the person rather than for the issue.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
6th July 2018 | By contenteditor AGTech wins lottery software contract in major Chinese province Lottery software and system developer AGTech has won a contract to provide lottery hardware support for the sports lottery in China’s Jiangsu province, which is home to more than 80 million people.The tech company’s subsidiary, Beijing AGTech GOT Technology (GOT), won the bid, with the tender managed by the Jiangsu Provincial Sports Lottery Administration Centre.Enquiries to AGTech to clarify the length of the agreement were not immediately returned.The deal will build on recent contract wins for AGTech in a number of other provinces, including Guangxi, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hunan, Jilin and Shanghai. Jiangsu includes major cities such as Nanjing.“In the first half of 2018, GOT has already won tenders in various provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions across China, further reaffirming our hardware division’s continued dedication to and leading position in China’s lottery industry,” AGTech chairman and chief executive John Sun said.“AGTech has and will continue to enhance product innovation, safety and research and development compliance to contribute to the overall healthy development of China’s lottery market.”The expansion of AGTech’s hardware and distribution services across China has been a key goal of the company since it was acquired by e-commercia giant Alibaba two years ago.Earlier this week, iGamingBusiness.com reported that Chinese betting on the FIFA World Cup via the country’s sports lottery could be worth $7.5bn (€6.5bn).Image: Ozonefrance Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Lottery Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: China AGTech has won a major sports lottery contract in China’s Jiangsu province Lottery