Mark Zuckerberg is aware of the tensions around the world concerning Islamic extremists and the Muslim community. On Wednesday, December 9, the Facebook owner addressed the issues in a post of his own.
Mark Zuckerberg says that he’s no stranger to certain hurtful attacks on communities of any and “all” affiliations. In the post, Zuckerberg mentioned that his parents taught him to stand up against such attacks. Zuckerberg also states that, “even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.”
Moreover, Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook and the world to know that he empathizes with the Muslim community in its time of danger and fear of being “persecuted.” Zuckerberg notes that it’s not right that an entire community has to pay for the criminal acts of a few. Within in his post, verbatim, Zuckerberg states as follows.
“I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world. After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others.”
Likewise, Mark Zuckerberg states that — “as the leader of Facebook” — the Muslim community is always welcomed “here.” Zuckerberg’s Facebook company — including its moderators — will fight to protect their rights. All in all, his goal is to create a “peaceful and safe environment” for Muslim users.
As a person new to fatherhood, Mark Zuckerberg notes that his child has taught him a lot already. As a parent, he mentions that “we must not lose hope.” The Facebook owner quotes as follows.
“As long as we stand together and see the good in each other, we can build a better world for all people.”
Since Mark Zuckerberg’s post, he’s received several views and comments. One top comment came from Nour Machlah. Towards Zuckerberg, Machlah says that “Islam doesn’t need support.” His comment is as follows.
“Thank you Mark, Islam doesn’t need support, we just need people to understand that there is Islam, and there are Muslims, and not every Muslim is representing Islam. Some Muslims do wrong or bad things, does that [mean] Islam is asking them to do that?”
“Here we go again, it’s not about religion problem, it’s humans problem. If you are a good human, you can be good Muslim, good Christian, etc. And if you are bad human, you could be bad Muslim, or bad Christian, etc. :)… Peacce <3.”
However, could CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s attempts at peace be misled? According to an ex-Muslim woman, it’s definitely about religion and less about being human. Before Zuckerberg took to Facebook with his post, The Blaze reported that the woman took to YouTube to describe her own experience in the Muslim community.
She says that those who are “good Muslims” are actually bad, lenient “Muslims,” as far as the faith is concerned. It would be similar to being a “backsliding Christian,” from that perspective.
Seemingly in opposition to Mark Zuckerberg’s post, the woman notes that these extremists committing horrible acts of terrorism are actually “devout,” “perfect” Muslims when it comes to the true essence of the religion. However, as far as being a good human, she noted that she came from a home that was considered “very lenient” when it came to the teachings of Islam — as far as following it to the letter. She said they were more “Westernized” than traditional Muslims.
According to the source, she goes on to say that she’s tired of people “sugarcoating” the truth. Her video can be seen below.
As far as the company, according to Business Insider, it’s not just Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook who are in the fight against Islamic extremism. The source says that Twitter and Google are in the mix as well. The news medium mentions that days before the San Bernardino shooting, the French Prime Minister met with Mark Zuckerberg, as well as Twitter and Google executives, in an effort to “demand faster action on what the commission called ‘online terrorism incitement and hate speech.'”
However, the source mentions that Zuckerberg — as well as other company executives, alike — worry that people would see them as “tools of the government,” if they would go against their companies’ policies and allow such infiltration. At the moment, law enforcement agencies “require court orders to remove or block anything beyond that. Anyone can report, or flag, content for review and possible removal,” says Business Insider. This also includes accessing personal user information and usages such as inbox messages.
Nevertheless, Mark Zuckerberg’s company seems to be doing just as the source mentioned. However, do you question whether their efforts are biased? One journalist who goes by Dom the Conservative has had her page shut down several times for revealing the same type of information the woman in the aforementioned video has acknowledged. Also, as can be seen from The Blaze, her original video is no longer visible on YouTube.
When Dom was reporting attacks on her page from those in the Muslim community, Mark Zuckerberg’s moderators would offer responses to suggest that those attackers weren’t in violation of Facebook terms and policies. When Dom the Conservative posted to her page a screenshot of one comment she saw elsewhere, Zuckerberg’s Facebook moderators removed it shortly thereafter.
Since the CEO’s post, someone posted Zuckerberg’s note on her page as the reason why her page — as well as so many others — are being shut down for the slightest comments.
Nonetheless, how do you feel about Mark Zuckerberg’s response and the many comments he’s received? Likewise, from the comment Dom received, do you feel that the ex-Muslim, YouTube woman is right or wrong in her video? She also said that she doesn’t oppose Islam being taught in school. However, she states as follows.
“I don’t want to hear about anyone taking out parts that are ‘inconvenient’. If you’re going to teach about Christianity, you can’t teach about Christianity without teaching about Christ. You can’t teach about Judaism without teaching about Moses. You can’t teach about Buddhism without teaching about Buddha. Don’t teach about Islam without teaching about Muhammad — his 11 wives, most favorite, the 9-year-old he used to take off the playground to go have fun between her thighs. That is in Islam.”
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