2.5 Million Muslims Threaten To Quit Facebook Over Fan Page Removal
By on July 18th, 2010

has been having a lot of problems with Muslims and had faced a ban from the Government of Pakistan earlier over Controversial Caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. In fact, the controversies were so serious that death penalties were being contemplated for Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook Banned

After all that happened in the past two months, Facebook is now in the midst of another controversy, where they are accused of removing some popular pages related to Muslims from the social networking sites.

According to reports, several Muslims are circulating a letter on Facebook accusing Zuckerberg of ignoring the feelings of over 2.5 million Muslims. The letter reads: "Although you have attended the world’s best communication skills courses you have been most successful in growing great hatred and hostility between you and Muslims around the world, but seriously this time you have caused an almost unrepairable [sic] damage."

The letter demands Facebook to reinstate the removed pages and also demanded that pages which disrespect the Islamic religion should be removed from Facebook.

According to Facebook spokeswoman, the Islamic pages, which included "I love Mohammed" and "Quran Lovers", were taken down because they were being used to ‘spam’ users, which is against the company’s policy.

Now, if things do not go right the 2.5 Muslims have threatened to leave Facebook and join Madina.com which is a Facebook clone and promises to respect the Islamic principles. Now the question here is whether such controversies can be controlled and will it ever end?

(Source: TOI)

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  • Josh

    Only asking to know, and not because I have any stake in this either side of the debate and not because I have any prejudices governing my asking:

    So what if they do leave? Nobody pays directly for a Facebook account. It's not going to shut the site down, right?

    People can vote with their dollars and feet: If they don't like one company or service, they're free to get up and leave for another one.

    • http://keithdsouza.com Keith Dsouza

      @Josh – Exactly, nothing might change for Facebook is 2.5 million users leave, they have almost 500 million users so the 2.5 million does not seem like an awful lot and might not even hurt Facebook's bottom line.

      However, the thing here is that if people do leave Facebook over this it will create a precedence where people from other religions start doing the same, which is when Facebook might be under a lot of trouble.

      Just like you I do not have any stake in either side, but for me the problem is that religious feelings cannot be controlled online, and sometimes these things spiral out of control and create irreparable damage, it is really a taboo topic and I would rather stay on the other side of the fence.

  • http://www.usedtiresdealers.com used tires

    If those accusations are 100% real, that is seriously messed up for facebook to do that, but at the same time I guess it is facebook's playground so to speak, and we are just gonna have to deal with the politics, but in all sincerity, I really hope that facebook did not delete the pages.

    Till then,

    Jean

  • http://clif-notes.blogspot.com Clif Sipe

    I think Facebook should issue (or call attention to) a sane and clear policy on how it treats religious (any and all) pages. Once that's done they can simply ignore the letter sent against them.
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    I have no doubt that one letter does not speak for 2.5 million users.

    • http://www.techarraz.com Chinmoy Kanjilal

      Facebook should issue some directive on religious matters. But it does not really matter if it does not. It will never lose users. At least, none of the people I know would leave Facebook for these petty reasons. They have other obvious reasons to do it though..

  • Craig

    Let the Muslems leave Facebook it will be a far safer site without them

  • Debjyoti

    There we go! Now Facebook.

    These guys will find a way to create trouble in every goddamn area using their religion!

    Read the second sentence: "the controversies were so serious that death penalties were being contemplated for Mark Zuckerberg." In other words, if you draw a few lines on paper, which people take to be the depiction of Prophet Mohammed (pray, how do you know? There are no depictions of him, right?) you and people close to you are hounded. Oh and that's fine!

    Furthermore, if Facebook thinks there is a spam problem due to these Muslim pages, it has every right to bring them down. I bet there are other pages which are being brought down due to similar reasons – just that no one's creating a ruckus over them. They don't concern an imaginary sky daddy.

  • HANK HILL

    GOOD LET THEM QUIT WE DONT NEED THEM

 
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