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Muslim commenters on Facebook say, two weeks, and we’re outta here!

posted at 2:08 pm on July 13, 2010 by

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:

Amendments

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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Don’t let the door hit ya in the back of the burqa on the way out!

Mary in LA on July 13, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Later!

Inanemergencydial on July 13, 2010 at 2:12 PM

/I denounce myself

Mary in LA on July 13, 2010 at 2:12 PM

why u insult holy quran?

the devil will make meetballs from ur body!

/jawa

Aquateen Hungerforce on July 13, 2010 at 2:15 PM

You may not stifle our speech…but we will tell you whose speech needs stifling. Hypocrites…

search4truth on July 13, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Maybe they’d respond to free speech in our COUNTRY the same way! *sigh* If only our government were committed to free speech….

RegularJoe on July 13, 2010 at 2:35 PM

why wait two weeks to shutdown your facebook account? why not do it today?

Skandia Recluse on July 13, 2010 at 2:35 PM

It will be interesting to see if…how much…Facebook breaks over for this.

Ragspierre on July 13, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if facebook caved, though. Seems like everyone else is doing it.

VanPalin on July 13, 2010 at 3:32 PM

I’m really, really looking forward to the end of the summer, when Facebook’s replacement rolls out. But if Facebook submits to these anti-freedom demands, I’ll cancel my account now, rather than later.

Laura Curtis on July 13, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Hope ya tear your burqa on the way out so we can see you for who you really are.

pabo on July 13, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Good. I hope they actually leave facebook.

Conservative Samizdat on July 13, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Good riddance. If Facebook allows islam to dictate the rules, I hope millions and millions leave in protest.

clnurnberg on July 13, 2010 at 5:56 PM

YOU ARE TRAMPLING ON OUR FREE SPEECH
NOW WE DEMAND YOU TRAMPLE ON EVERYBODY ELSE’S
bye bye f’ing morons

Dave Rywall on July 13, 2010 at 7:25 PM

YOU ARE TRAMPLING ON OUR FREE SPEECH
NOW WE DEMAND YOU TRAMPLE ON EVERYBODY ELSE’S
bye bye f’ing morons

Dave Rywall on July 13, 2010 at 7:25 PM

You are 100% right!
[checks outside for a 991st Porcine Attack Squadron fly-by]
That is exactly what they’re trying to do. I sure hope FB doesn’t cave…

Mary in LA on July 13, 2010 at 9:10 PM

It’s pretty obvious to me that madina.com is using faux to promote their site via Facebook spam.

JCred on July 13, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Let’s see if madina.com allows Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian and Zionist pages.

rokemronnie on July 13, 2010 at 9:44 PM

bye bye, don’t come again.

xplodeit on July 13, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Does this mean that muslims who don’t leave Facebook on the 21st are apostates who must be killed by righteous mulims?

DamnCat on July 14, 2010 at 10:54 AM

any way to get them to leave the COUNTRY instead?

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on July 14, 2010 at 2:39 PM

This is a great opportunity to secularize a few muslims. If the history of right-wing Christian boycotts is any guide, few muslims will quit Facebook, and the muslims who don’t quit may make a discovery about their beliefs.

thuja on July 14, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Which group is the most prone to fits of outrage and unwarranted notions of entitlement — liberals or Muslims?

It’s too close to call for me; somebody should poll it.

hillbillyjim on July 14, 2010 at 5:28 PM