Thursday, July 15, 2010

Why Are 2.5 Million Muslims Threatening To Leave Facebook?

It's not about issues of privacy.
2.5 Million Muslims Threaten to Leave Facebook

Facebook has a new PR issue on its hands.

Apparently, its made as many as 2.5 million customers mad enough to threaten a boycott.
The group claims to represent Muslims who are mad about the removal of four Facebook pages. 
These are the pages no longer available on the site:
  • Facebook.com/Rassoul.Allaah
  • Facebook.com/Logo.Ramadan
  • LikesFacebook.com/I.Love.Mohammed
  • Facebook.com/Quran.Lovers
The deadline is a week from today. The group claims it has hundreds of thousands of users who are ready to jump ship to another site called madina.com, which is a Islamic social networking site.
It still is not absolutely where this is headed, until you see the list of demands:

  1. Reactivating the four pages that have been disabled
  2. Adding a Facebook Term that illegalizes disrespecting all Islamic religious symbols, including Prophet  Mohammad (PBUH) and the Qur'an, as well as Prophet Moses (PBUH), Prophet Jesus (PBUH), and the original Bible
  3. Disabling any Facebook Page, Group, or Event that shows direct or indirect disrespect towards Islamic religious symbols
Apparently the attempt to curtail free speech has gone beyond the walls of the UN to the virtual community of Facebook. There is no indication of why those 4 groups were removed by Facebook.

But more details about this are sure to be coming out.

Does this present an opening for Jewish groups to demand equal treatment when it comes to groups that espouse hatred of Jews, Judaism and Israel?

As far as Facebook is concerned, the issue of privacy will probably seem like a picnic in comparison.

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