Religious leaders in attempts to provide a space for dialogue on matters of faith on Tuesday launched Faithbook, whose advocates aim to combat extremism and encourage multi-faith understanding, the Times of London reported.

Faithbook was launched at midnight on the popular Web site Facebook by a group of British Jews and is supported by the Muslim Institute. It also allows members to upload photos, start discussions and add notes.

The Movement for Reform Judaism, behind Faithbook, said that it was essential to use social networking sites for good.

Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, executive director of the movement said: "So much of what has happened with new media is that it has become a place where extremists can construct messages of hate and intolerance. We have got to combat that and create a space where people who may not meet face to face can have a constructive debate."

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