Muslim commenters on Facebook say, two weeks, and we’re outta here!
posted at 2:08 pm on July 13, 2010 by Amy Ritter
Since Thursday, many supporters of Islam have rallied against Facebook with a comment-gone-viral that decries “irresponsible behavior” and lists several demands for the site administrators to make changes.
The comment-spreaders claim to be upset over Facebook’s removal of four Islamic-themed pages and the website’s actions during the recent “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” kerfuffle.
The comments are posted on several different pages and sections of Facebook, mostly appearing posts written by site admins. You can view the comments by going here and clicking “View All Comments”.
Here’s the direct copy and paste from Facebook:
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.Allaah – 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
There’s no way for me to see the content on the pages that were deleted, but Facebook’s definition of unsuitable content is written in their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
My biggest nag on this whole ordeal is that the comment criticizes Facebook for its “fake preach of freedom of speech” and yet pushes Facebook to limit free speech of other groups in two of the three demands. A bit selfish, eh?
Facebook has about a week left to respond before loosing users to madina.com, an “Islamic Social Network, abiding by the highest Islamic principals”. Interestingly enough, the comment strategy for changing Facebook policy is offered as a solution in the Facebook Statement. However, the procedure is as follows:
1. We can change this Statement if we provide you notice (by posting the change on the Facebook Site Governance Page) and an opportunity to comment To get notice of any future changes to this Statement, visit our Facebook Site Governance Page and become a fan.
2. For changes to sections 7, 8, 9, and 11 (sections relating to payments, application developers, website operators, and advertisers), we will give you a minimum of three days notice. For all other changes we will give you a minimum of seven days notice. All such comments must be made on the Facebook Site Governance Page.
3. If more than 7,000 users comment on the proposed change, we will also give you the opportunity to participate in a vote in which you will be provided alternatives. The vote shall be binding on us if more than 30% of all active registered users as of the date of the notice vote.
4. We can make changes for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccurate statement, upon notice without opportunity to comment.
If these commenters wanted changes made, they could have followed this procedure… but I have a feeling that there might be a problem getting 30 percent of registered Facebookers to sign in a limitation of their free speech.
It looks like we’ll be losing some faces next week, unless Facebook caves to those demands.
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