Facebook will not cow down to extremists, says Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg says an extremist in Pakistan fought to have him sentenced to death because Facebook refused to ban content


Web Desk January 09, 2015
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. PHOTO: EPA

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of the biggest social network Facebook, opened up about threats he received from an extremist from Pakistan who had threatened to have him sentenced to death after the social network refused to ban content ridiculing Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

The Facebook CEO revealed the threats he received just two days after the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris, which left 12 people dead – including prominent cartoonists.

In his Facebook post, he said, “A few years ago, an extremist in Pakistan fought to have me sentenced to death because Facebook refused to ban content about Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) that offended him.”

"As I reflect on yesterday's attack and my own experience with extremism, this is what we all need to reject -- a group of extremists trying to silence the voices and opinions of everyone else around the world," Zuckerberg wrote.

"I won't let that happen on Facebook. I'm committed to building a service where you can speak freely without fear of violence," he assured.

"Facebook has always been a place where people across the world share their views and ideas. We follow the laws in each country, but we never let one country or group of people dictate what people can share across the world."

Zuckerberg received over 120,000 ‘likes’ on his post and several comments as well. In fact, he even replied to one comment in which a user has asked whether the content that had offended the man who threatened him was banned.

His response was: "It's not against our policies to talk about Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). We did block the content in Pakistan where it was illegal, but we didn't block it in the rest of the world where it is legal.”

He used the trending hashtag #JeSuisCharlie to express his condolences and his thoughts for the victims on the attack on the satirical newspaper in Paris.

"My thoughts are with the victims, their families, the people of France and the people all over the world who choose to share their views and ideas, even when that takes courage," he said.

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Ali Arsalan | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend

If Pakistanis are extremist than who are Israeli and American 'so on and so forth. Why muslims are always blamed for whatever bad happened around the world. I believe that extremist and terrorists dnt possess any religion so we should blaming religions. Humans make mistakes not religions. We should seriously think upon it as a community.

Jigz Khan | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@Gp65:

Mr. Spokesperson of Mark Zuckerberg, if he has to give his statement on editorial policy then it must be objective not subjective.

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