Pope Francis had some wild optimism to share with Twitter timelines on Tuesday.
He celebrated the fifth anniversary of his Twitter account with a tweet, thanking his followers for their support. But then he threw in an interesting line, that places entirely too much faith in the people who use social media—and in the most loving of ways, people called him out for it.
Thank you for following @Pontifex which turns five years old today. May social media always be spaces that are rich in humanity!
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) December 12, 2017
“Thank you for following @Pontifex which turns five years old today,” he, or someone in the Vatican, tweeted. “May social media always be spaces that are rich in humanity!”
“Rich in humanity” is definitely not the way folks tends to describe social media platforms like Twitter. Though if you count misogyny, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, violence, etc. as all facets of humanity then, well, he isn’t too wrong. There’s plenty of that in every social media platform, though to be clear, that’s definitely not what the Pope is endorsing.
We’re gonna drag the pope, aren’t we? https://t.co/rkxYsvp19f
— Mike Miller wants to be a dentist. (@mmiller404) December 12, 2017
Holy Father, they are not. https://t.co/wJ30TINDwX
— Mark Di Stefano ???????? (@MarkDiStef) December 12, 2017
I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news, your eminence. https://t.co/5r0ekkwoSC
— Dan (@BullsLawDan) December 12, 2017
LOL good one https://t.co/sTl5a2JsTX
— Tom Evans (@TomEvansEcho) December 12, 2017
I suppose you do see all of humanity here https://t.co/xJA3cjUFZ4
— Soo Youn (@lalasoo) December 12, 2017
Um….about that…. https://t.co/9LZlomzuzF
— Matt Separa (@MattSepara) December 12, 2017
Not sure if that was a @realDonaldTrump subtweet… https://t.co/3eYle4leWT
— Stephen ‘All I Want 4 Christmas Is No Nazis’ Paton (@stephenpaton134) December 12, 2017
Maybe one day, Pope Francis, we’ll tweet good things and good things only.