ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s prime minister has written a letter to Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg looking for a ban on Islamophobic content material on the positioning, warning of a rise in radicalisisation amongst Muslims, the federal government mentioned on Sunday.
Within the letter, shared by the Pakistani authorities on Twitter, Imran Khan mentioned that “rising Islamophobia” is encouraging extremism and violence internationally — particularly via social media platforms akin to Fb.
“I’d ask you to position an analogous ban on Islamophobia and hate in opposition to Islam for Fb that you’ve put in place for the Holocaust,” Khan mentioned.
Fb mentioned this month it was updating its hate speech coverage to ban any content material that denied or distorted the Holocaust.
Fb didn’t instantly reply to Reuters’ request for touch upon Khan’s letter.
“One can not ship a message that whereas hate messages in opposition to some are unacceptable, these are acceptable in opposition to others,” Khan mentioned, including that this was “reflective of prejudice and bias that can encourage additional radicalisation”.
Khan in his letter made reference 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 wished to avenge the usage of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad in a category on freedom of expression.