Pakistan’s Khan writes to Facebook seeking ban on Islamophobic content

Imran Khan, Pakistan PM

Pakistan’s prime minister has written a letter to Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg seeking a ban on Islamophobic articles on the platform, warning of an increase in radicalisation amongst Muslims, the government has said.

From the letter, shared by the Pakistani government on Twitter, Imran Khan said that “growing Islamophobia” is encouraging extremism and violence throughout the world — notably through social media platforms such as Facebook.

Facebook reported this month it was upgrading its hate speech policy to ban any material that refused or distorted the Holocaust.

Facebook didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment on Khan’s letter.

“One cannot send a message that while hate messages against some are unacceptable, these are acceptable against others,” Khan said, adding that this was “reflective of prejudice and bias that will encourage further radicalisation”.

Khan in his letter made reference to the situation in France, where, he said, Islam was being associated with terrorism.

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Earlier on Sunday, Khan said that French President Emmanuel Macron had “attacked Islam” by encouraging the screen of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad.

Khan’s remarks came following Macron paid tribute to some French history instructor beheaded by an Islamist radical who wanted to avenge the use of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Gibran Peshimam in Islamabad. Additional reporting by Lawrence Delevingne. Editing by Alison Williams.

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