Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has addressed a message to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, urging him to put a ban on Islamophobic content.
In a letter, Khan declared “growing Islamophobia” was promoting “hate, extremism and violence… especially through the use of social media”.
In a letter which he published on Twitter, Khan pointed to a recent decision by Facebook to ban any content that disputes or distorts the Holocaust. He called for a comparable policy to be put in place for anti-Islam comments.
“Given the rampant abuse and vilification of Muslims on social media platforms, I would ask you to place a similar ban on Islamophobia and hate against Islam for Facebook that you have put in place for the Holocaust,” he said.
“The message of hate must be banned in total – one cannot send a message that while hate messages against some are unacceptable, these are acceptable against others.”