July 17 2010
Go to Facebook Blog and read the comments on any of the recent blog posts. You can’t help but notice a templated comment left by quite a few people who are threatening to boycott Facebook on 21st of July if their demands are not met.
The group in question belongs to the Muslim community that is angered by Facebook’s decision of removing a few hugely popular Islamic pages from the social networking site.
Fans of the removed pages are demanding that Facebook brings back those pages which did not violate any of the Facebook’s policies and also create new policies that stop people from posting anti-religious or Islamic messages on Facebook.
Most of the fans are allegedly planning to quit Facebook on 21st of July if their demands are not met and join, what looks like a Facebook knockoff, Madina.com, made for Muslim community.
An overall of 2.5 million fans are said to be effected by the removal of those Islamic fan pages. It will be interesting to see how many of the 2.5 million fans switch from a social networking site that has all of their friends (Muslims/Non-Muslims) and family to something that’s engineered for Muslims only (though the site does not say that).
Following is the Notice message being posted by the group:
Facebook Admins, Moderators, Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Sheryl Sandberg, and Matt Cohler;
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 damage.
Only a few weeks after your irresponsible behavior during the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day events you most aggressively removed four of the largest Islamic Facebook Pages of total fans/likes over 2.5 million Facebook members. That happened on the morning of Thursday 8th July, 2010.
These four Facebook pages were totally peaceful and free of any hate speech, but you removed it ignoring the feelings of more than 2.5 Million Facebook Muslims and disrespecting over 1.5 Billion Muslims worldwide.
And now since that is what it had come down to you, with your irresponsibility and fake preach of freedom of speech, have left us no other choice other than permanently boycotting Facebook. And now we are giving you a 2 weeks notice – ending at midnight of 21st July, 2010 – to fulfill our demands or else we will leave Facebook for http://madina.com/.
Our demands are:
1- Reactivating the four pages that have been disabled
2- Adding a Facebook Term that illegalizes disrespecting Islamic religious symbols
3- Disabling any Facebook Page, Group, or Event that shows direct or indirect disrespect towards Islamic religious symbols
The pages that were unfairly removed are:
Facebook.com/Rassoul.Allaa h – About 1,600,000 Likes
Facebook.com/Logo.Ramadan – About 600,000 Likes
Facebook.com/Love.Mohammed – About 200,000 Likes
Facebook.com/Quran.Lovers – About 70,000 Likes