In a form letter that has been pasted into numerous Facebook pages, founder Mark Zuckerberg and other senior members of Facebook have been accused of ‘ignoring the feelings of more than 2.5 million Muslims’. The Muslim community is angry that four extremely popular Islamic pages were removed from the site and the letter warns that unless its demands are met Facebook’s Muslim users will move to an Islamic alternative.
The letter not only demands that the pages be reinstated, but that Facebook introduce new rules that make it a violation of Facebook’s terms of service to post anti-Islamic comments. The letter puts Facebook “on notice” that if these changes are not introduced then 2.5 million Muslim users will leave to join madina.com, a social networking site for Muslims.
The letter says,
‘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 [sic] damage.’
The letter also accuses Facebook of ‘irresponsible behaviour’ for allowing pages such as the ‘Everybody Draw Mohammed Day’ page, which sparked controversy for encouraging users to draw portraits of the Prophet. The letter demands that the four deleted pages are reinstated, disrespecting Islamic religious symbols is banned and any Facebook page which does so is disabled.
A spokeswoman for Facebook said:
‘The pages in question were taken down because they violated our policies about spamming users. These pages were not removed because of content violations.’
There has been no official word as to whether Facebook will meet the Muslim Community demands.