Claim: A viral Twitter screenshot claims the RCCG launched an online dating website
While it is true that a dating website was launched by an RCCG parish(branch) not the entire RCCG; TODAY’s headline did not give the right context.
The screenshot of a Twitter post by TODAY.ng, a news blog, which recently went viral on social media, especially WhatsApp, claims the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) launched an online dating website.
This claim led to several reactions and comments on Twitter with some persons creating online profiles for the dating website, memes etc.
A Twitter user Daniel Regha (@DanielRegha) criticised this move, saying with the high level of insecurity in Nigeria at the moment, this move by the church is not smart. He also believes people will be deceived as it will be believed that everyone on that platform would be a decent man/woman.
Another user Omotara Akanni (@_theladymo) posted her own profile with a name, age and phone number.
The controversial nature of this claim prompted us to do this fact-check.
Dubawa traced and found the original tweet by TODAY (@todayng) published on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 1:37pm. This confirms the screenshot is an actual tweet that originated from TODAY.
The tweet when found had garnered 819 retweets, 1,234 quote tweets and 1,422 likes. Attached to this tweet is the link to the story by TODAY.
A keyword search led to the same story on TODAY’s website with the headline “RCCG launches online dating site.” According to this report, the City of David Parish, under the leadership of pastor Idowu Iluyomade, launched an online christian dating platform for mature singles.
Other News platforms like Channels Tv, Punch etc also published this story. The news report by Channels Tv carried a different headline, “No Marriage In Heaven: RCCG Parish Opens Online Dating Site.”
The report noted that this was by the City of David parish in Victoria Island, Lagos.
On the other hand, the report by Punch had the headline “RCCG parish creates dating website for Christian singles.” This report which quoted churchtimesnigeria.net as its source identified the said website address to be connectnow.com.ng.
Considering the varying headlines, Dubawa visited the RCCG’s website but found nothing of that nature. We went ahead to message the call centre contact found on the website on WhatsApp which confirmed that the Lagos parish did launch a website.
“Good Morning, this is true.” the reply read.
Dubawa also visited the website identified by Punch’s report and observed that signup had been disabled on the website with a message that registration for connection was now closed.
Our findings and the notice at the call centre of RCCG’s website confirm a dating website was launched by one of RCCG parishes, not the entire RCCG. TODAY’s headline did not give the right context, making it misleading.