On Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to put a ban on Islamophobic content on social media platforms.
PM Khan asked to put a ban on Islamophobia and hate against Islam.
“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,” read the beginning of the letter.
Imran Khan also appreciated Zuckerberg’s decision to,
“rightly ban any posting that criticizes or questions the Holocaust, which was the culmination of the Nazi pogrom of the Jews in Germany and across Europe”.
PM said in the letter that Muslims are facing the same problems.
“Unfortunately, in some states, Muslims are being denied their citizenship rights and their democratic personal choices from dress to worship,” read the letter.
“In India, anti-Muslim laws and measures such as CAA and NRC as well as targeted killings of Muslims and blaming Muslims for coronavirus are reflective of the abominable phenomenon of Islamophobia,” it added.
He went on to write the Islam is being misinterpreted in France and has been wrongly associated with terrorism.
“This will lead to further polarization and marginalization of Muslims in France. How will the French distinguish between radical extremist Muslim citizens and the mainstream Muslim citizenry of Islam?” he asked, in the letter.
“Given the rampant abuse and vilification of Muslims on social media platforms, I would ask you to place a similar ban on Islamophobia and hate against Islam for Facebook that you have put in place for the Holocaust,” he wrote.
He emphasized on Zuckerberg to take notice that the message of hate “must be banned in total”.
“One cannot send a message that while hate messages against some are unacceptable, these are acceptable against others,” the letter underscored.
PM Khan concluded by writing,
“This in itself is reflective of prejudice and bias that will encourage further radicalization.”
— Govt of Pakistan (@GovtofPakistan) October 25, 2020