Under Pressure, Facebook Bans ‘Draw Mohammad Day’
Officials for Facebook have removed the contents of the controversial ‘Everybody Draw Mohammad Day’ page and apologized to Muslims for publishing offensive material. In return, Pakistan lifted their ban on the social networking site. It was the latest development in the long running conflict between western ideas of freedom of ideas and Islam’s ban on depicting it’s prophet.
Huffington Post is reporting:
“In response to our protest, Facebook has tendered their apology and informed us that all the sacrilegious material has been removed from the URL,” said Najibullah Malik, secretary of Pakistan’s information technology ministry, referring to the technical term for a Web page.
Facebook assured the Pakistani government that “nothing of this sort will happen in the future,” Malik said.
Officials from the website could not immediately be reached for comment. They said earlier the contents of the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” page did not violate Facebook’s terms.