Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Sunday wrote to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of social media site Facebook, requesting that the social media platform ban Islamophobic content.
Imran in his letter requested the ban to such content as it is encouraging hate and extremism. “I am writing to draw your attention to the growing Islamophobia that is encouraging hate, extremism and violence across the world and especially through the use of social media platforms including Facebook,” the letter read.
— Govt of Pakistan (@GovtofPakistan) October 25, 2020
Imran’s letter comes after French President Emmanuel Macron criticized Islamists and supported the publication of a cartoon depicting Prophet Mohammed.
On Oct 16, A French teen beheaded a school history teacher in a street in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Saint-Honorine. The teacher, Samuel Paty, had shown images of Prophet Mohammad caricature in a lesson on freedom of expression.
In 2006 too, Charlie Hebdo caricatures of the Prophet of Islam, which first appeared in a Danish daily, Jyllands-Posten, angered Muslims in France and across the world.
French President Emmanuel Macron later publicly denounced the teacher’s beheading calling it an “Islamist terror attack”, but cautioned its citizens not to be divided because that’s ‘what the extremists want.’
In a series of tweets, Pak PM said that Macron’s remarks will divide society. “By attacking Islam, clearly without having any understanding of it, President Macron has attacked & hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims in Europe & across the world.” He added that such comments lead to polarization, “The last thing the world wants or needs is further polarisation. Public statements based on ignorance will create more hate, Islamophobia & space for extremists.”
Hallmark of a leader is he unites human beings, as Mandela did, rather than dividing them. This is a time when Pres Macron could have put healing touch & denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarisation & marginalisation that inevitably leads to radicalisation
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 25, 2020
Ahead of US presidential polls on Nov 3, the social media platform, Facebook, has updated its hate speech policy to ban any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust on Oct 13.