QFR - Posting JW publications on a personal website/social media
The following is a QFR from the April, 2018 Watchtower. Just a couple of articles back the organization was explaining how JWs need to be encouraging and even when admonishing congregations Jesus would start out with encouraging words. We see none of this in the QFR, rather, it is heavy handed and legally incorrect.
Why is it not permissible to post publications of Jehovah’s Witnesses on a personal website or on social media?
All the material on our websites is copyrighted. Apostates and other opposers try to use our publications on their websites to lure in Jehovah’s Witnesses and others. Planted in those sites is material designed to sow doubts in readers’ minds. (Ps. 26:4; Prov. 22:5) Others have used material from our publications or our jw.org logo in advertisements, on products offered for sale, and in mobile device apps. By securing copyright and trademark protection, we have a legal basis to prevent such misuse. (Prov. 27:12) But if we knowingly allow people, even our brothers, to post our digital content on other sites or to use the jw.org trademark to sell merchandise, the courts may not support our efforts to deter opposers and commercial enterprises.
Downloading our publications from anywhere but jw.org is potentially dangerous. Jehovah has entrusted the responsibility of providing spiritual food to “the faithful and discreet slave” alone. (Matt. 24:45) That “slave” uses only its official websites to publish spiritual food—www.jw.org, tv.jw.org, and wol.jw.org. And we have only three official apps for mobile devices—JW Language®, JW Library®, and JW Library Sign Language®. We can trust these products to be free of advertisements or contamination by Satan’s world. If the spiritual food passes through other channels, there is no guarantee that it has not been altered or contaminated.—Ps. 18:26; 19:8.
Furthermore, posting our publications on websites that allow comments provides a place for apostates and other critics to sow distrust of Jehovah’s organization. Some brothers have been drawn into online debates and thus have brought added reproach on Jehovah’s name. An online forum is not an appropriate setting for “instructing with mildness those not favorably disposed.” (2 Tim. 2:23-25; 1 Tim. 6:3-5) It has also been observed that fraudulent social media accounts and websites have been created in the name of the organization, the Governing Body, and its individual members. However, no member of the Governing Body maintains a personal Web page or a presence on any social media site.
Building one another up may involve giving counsel, but here again, elders should follow the example given in the Bible about how to give counsel in an encouraging way. An outstanding example in this respect was given by Jesus himself after his death and resurrection. He had some firm counsel to give to certain congregations in Asia Minor, but notice how he went about it. Before giving them counsel, he gave warm commendation to the congregations in Ephesus, Pergamum, and Thyatira. (Rev. 2:1-5, 12, 13, 18, 19)
Some brothers have been drawn into online debates and thus have brought added reproach on Jehovah’s name.
Notice it says "have brought ADDED REPROACH on jehovahs name"
I.e. even more reproach than has already been heaped by CSA cases.
Wow Listener, thanks for showing the Borg's latest desperate attempt to turn the tide of criticism, exposure and awareness. We know this is nothing but damage control.
I can only imagine how "Apostate lies" and activity have become a recurrent and highly irritating theme on the agenda of the Governing Body. Isn't this a sign that all the activity is actually paying off?
An online forum is not an appropriate setting for “instructing with mildness those not favorably disposed.”
What? Hold, wait!!! Tell me they are not talking about THIS forum right?
We can trust these products to be free of advertisements or contamination by Satan’s world. If the spiritual food passes through other channels, there is no guarantee that it has not been altered or contaminated.—
OMG! Nooooooooooooooooooo.......the contamination is caused by the WT itself. They have altered their own publications and the whitewashing of their own history is so notorious...even the devil himself couldn't have done it better.
Once it's put somewhere else, the WBT$ can't always get it taken down when they change their stance on their propaganda.
If they have the truth(tm), why are they afraid of 'apostates(tm)' using it. Surely the truth(tm) stands strong on its own.
As diogenny noted.......why 'added' 'reproach(tm)'? Added to what?
However, no member of the Governing Body maintains a personal Web page or a presence on any social media site.
Nope. G.O.D.s never do. They just autograph bibles.
Do you think maybe they have some fear of the great Apostate Army?
TTATT shall set you free!
@ Punk - and selfies of course!
Imagine if a commercial organisation instructed its customers not to look at reviews of their products. JWs will read this drivel and applaud it, talk about gullible. "Bless the litigious FDS for their veiled threats of legal action, what a loving provision!"
Youtuber King of Faders put up a video about this QFR and pointed out the following
Furthermore, posting our publications on websites that allow comments provides a place for apostates and other critics to sow distrust of Jehovah’s organizationIt's not apostate information but the Watchtowers own publications than can sow doubt about the Watchtower organization. It's the secret books like Shepherding the Flock that show such things as a Clergy/Laity distinction, contradicting their own teachings.
I like how Listener copied the entire QFR. In your Eye, WT!
This is very big. Thanks for posting this info.
Translation : Message from WT Society : " Brothers and sisters , it is NOT permissible to post publications of Jehovah's Witnesses on a personal website or on social media - because our teachings and beliefs are bat shit crazy enough on JW.org. We can control what's said there- we cannot control what's done on other personal or social media . Our spiritual food is contaminated enough as it is- it will REALLY get contaminated if Satan's media gets a hold of it ! "
Wow. WT leaders are definitely running scared though. " An online forum is not an appropriate setting for " instructing with mildness those not favorably disposed. "
Translation from WT : Because they'll change your mind about the " truth " and cause doubts to arise and we can't have that - so for the love of Jehovah - PLEASE only look at JW.org. O.K. ? " lol.
But hey- A big thumbs up to all of us EX-JW's out here ! WE should be proud of what we are accomplishing in waking people's minds up- obviously inroads are being made inside these congregations and JW's minds to start looking elsewhere for answers other than the official WT website. And that's a good thing. WT leaders hate and detest anything that they cannot control. And they cannot control access to information on the Internet. It's a beautiful thing. lol. Peace out, Mr. Flipper