Pakistan’s prime minister has appealed to Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg to ban Islamophobic content material on the positioning, warning of a rise in radicalisation amongst Muslims, the federal government mentioned on Sunday.
In a letter, which the Pakistani authorities posted on Twitter, Imran Khan mentioned that “rising Islamophobia” was encouraging extremism and violence internationally, particularly by means of social media platforms corresponding to Fb.
“I might ask you to position an identical ban on Islamophobia and hate towards Islam for Fb that you’ve got put in place for the Holocaust,” Khan mentioned.
“One can’t ship a message that whereas hate messages towards some are unacceptable, these are acceptable towards others,” Khan mentioned, including that this was “reflective of prejudice and bias that may encourage additional radicalisation”.
In response to Khan’s enchantment, a Fb spokeswoman instructed Reuters the corporate was towards all types of hate and that it didn’t permit assaults based mostly on race, ethnicity, nationwide origin or faith.
“We’ll take away this hate speech as quickly as we turn out to be conscious of it,” the spokeswoman mentioned in an emailed assertion, including that the corporate had “extra work to do”.
Khan, in his letter, referred to the scenario in France, the place, he mentioned, Islam was being related to terrorism.
Earlier on Sunday, Khan mentioned that French President Emmanuel Macron had “attacked Islam” by encouraging the show of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad.
Khan’s feedback got here after Macron paid tribute to a French historical past instructor beheaded by an Islamist radical who needed to avenge the usage of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad in a category on freedom of expression.
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