Only two weeks after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a strongly worded #JeSuisCharlie statement on the importance of free speech, Facebook has agreed to censor images of the prophet Muhammad in Turkey — including the very type of image that precipitated the Charlie Hebdo attack, writes The Washington Post.
Facebook has an army of censors who work in 3rd world countries for $1.50 an hours. Nearly half of Facebook’s censors work at an office building in Morocco, which is a Muslim country. Even if it wasn’t Facebook’s formal policy, the end result was that criticism of Islam was routinely deleted.
However, Facebook just announced that it is introducing a formal policy of deleting pages which are critical of Islam.
Immediately after the Turkish Prime Minister marched for “Free Speech” in Paris, the Turkish government blocked hundreds of websites from the nation’s internet feed. The primary reason, for blocking websites, was for publishing Charlie Hebdo cartoons. The Turkish government gave Facebook an ultimatum. Ban criticism of Islam, or be banned in Turkey.
For years Facebook has censored criticism of Islam. Now they are making it a formal policy.
According to the BBC, Facebook has blocked an unspecified number of pages that “offended the Prophet Muhammad” after receiving a court order from a local court in Ankara. A person familiar with the matter but not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to the Post that Facebook had acted to “block content so that it’s no longer visible in Turkey following a valid legal request.”
In the past, social media companies that failed to comply with such requests from Turkey — lefties mirage of a democratic muslim country — have been blocked in the country, entirely — including Twitter and YouTube.
Mark Zuckerberg in a post on his own Facebook wall on 1/9/15 gave a public statement on Freedom of Speech:
Facebook has always been a place where people across the world share their views and ideas. We follow the laws in each country, but we never let one country or group of people dictate what people can share across the world.
Zuckerberg's 'je suis Charlie' lasted only two weeks.
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