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Even Mohammed Has Issues With Facebook

As if Mark Zuckerberg didn't have his hands full with privacy issues, congressional probes, a controversial cult insignia and a a not-so-flattering-movie soon to be released - this week he was hit with accusations his network offended a supreme power?

Religious splinter groups have been around since the dawn of time. Social network niches, not so long. Under normal circumstance, imitation is the highest form of flattery. However, that was not the impetus that led a 25-year old Pakistani man to break rank with Facebook to form his own 'Muslim' splinter group of Facebook called 'Millatfacebook.'

Resulting as a form of protest, founder Omer Zaheer Meer says "his" Facebook was developed to combat offensive behavior shown toward the Prophet Mohammed. Millatfacebook was spawned after a Pakistani court banned Facebook in the country for not removing a Facebook fan page, entitled "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!"



The fan page, as of this posting has attracted 3,589 friends and its profile indicates it was founded in 7000 BC. However with over 430 varied and a sundry images of Mohammed, this type of humor was lost on Meer and the sovereign state of Pakistan.



How Meer was able to react so quickly in building a 'new' Facebook site is still a mystery? Perhaps divine intervention came into play? After all, God did create the world in 7 days. According to a Hindustan Times report, Millatfacebook has added over 2.5 million members in its short 11-day lifespan. Again a feat that seems like a supernatural accomplishment.

Beyond that, the slogan on the homepage has high aspirations of building their user-base to billions: "Millatfacebook helps you connect and share with more than 1.57 billion muslims and sweet people from other religions."

Aside from its green versus blue banner, the site even has the look-and-feel of Facebook - the Web site it seeks to condemn. Also when questioned by Guatam Chikermane of the Hindustan Times, why the name "Facebook"  was included in the Pakistani version, Meer said, “This name, without speaking a word, says what we’re all about.”  Okay, but I thought you wanted to distance yourself from this social networking infidel?



While Meer maintains his site's neutrality, the site according to a NY Daily News report is not without anti-West propaganda. One post reads, "We easily can remove Bloody Israel from the map of the World!" Another urges members to unite and defeat the "Zionist-owned" Facebook.

Yet Meer assures the world his site is meant "to provide a platform to decent people of different faiths to come together in harmony." The "About" page of the social network goes on further to say, "(members) should interact in a way that is socially responsible by providing them all the freedom of expression, however respecting each others’ sentiments, sensitivities and beliefs.

So, while I'm sure that Mr. Zuckerberg does not wish to touch this lightening rod of an issue with a ten foot pole, it does add another log to the beleaguered social network fire, that can't seem to cut a break. Praise Allah!

UPDATE - June 17 - BBC Urdu reports — according to a Google Translation — that Pakistan's Deputy Attorney General has launched a criminal investigation against Zuckerberg and others in response to Facebook hosting a "Draw Muhammad" contest on its site late last month. On May 19, Pakistani authorities blocked access to Facebook over the contest, and this ban was lifted on May 31 after Facebook removed the page in Pakistan and other countries.

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Comments
Jun 10, 2010
by Anonymous

Ironic

You seem to have woken up a bit late to this story...

I think it's ironic that web applications and social networks should be expected to behave in some rite of their own. There are no "decent people" anywhere when it comes to getting riled up. Look at the US administration and dare I say many thousands more getting all worked up about journalist Helen Thomas' comments made to a Rabbi. Freedom of expression either applies equally and unequivocally to all or it shouldn't be allowed to anyone so that we are all clear that we need to keep our mouths shut.

Jun 10, 2010
by Anonymous

After having disgraced their own prophet

Christians and Jews are shifting their gears towards insulting other religion's prophets after having insulted enough to their own prophets. These bastards have no respect for the prophets who taught them humanity, who taught them to respect each other and live in peace, who taught them to respect their women, who taught them the principles which are necessory for a civilized humanity. Example of such a disrespect is this article itself. Can you mr. Writer explain that why have you shown all these pictures here? Is it all without an intention to gain cheap popularity.

God Help You and Guide you to right path.

Jun 10, 2010
by Anonymous

The hell war is going

If somebody knows his words or writing is gonna hurt someone then why does such stuff?
But there exist some real idiots like you. Really Shame on you.

Jun 13, 2010
by Anonymous

Stop visiting this site

I 'm not going to visit this website anymore

Nov 23, 2010
by Anonymous

Join this group

Millatfacebook.com is better and faster. Decent, Secure, User Privacy Protected and Enriched.
Bulletins, Blogs, Walls, Mails, Shout Box, Quizzes, Polls, Games, Chat, e.t.c. are some of the many features offered by MFB for a unique online social experience.
This is an excellent effort by Muslims. I will request to all of my friends to join this social site, which is purely our own. Please send this message to all those who are in your circle and prove that we are Muslim and decent people who can do anything for the love of beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
From
Raza

Nov 25, 2010
by Anonymous

Join this group

• Millatfacebook.com is best and faster. MFB was a country it would be bigger than Greenland and Cayman’s Islands based on daily traffic
• 1 in every 29,070 internet users visits MFB daily
• Per CONSERVATIVE estimate, app 60,000 Unique visitors Daily
MFB is ONLY social networking site in the world where more than 2/3 rd of the users spend OVER 2 Hours which is pretty unique.
• This is an excellent effort by Muslims. I will request to all of my friends to join this social site, which is purely our own. Please send this message to all those who are in your circle and prove that we are Muslim and decent people who can do anything for the love of beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
From
Raza

Nov 29, 2010
by Anonymous

millat

MFB (Millatfacebook.com) has ALL the features that facebook or any other social network offers like:
• Your own space called “Wall”,
• Email facility to contact your friends,
• Groups,
• Fan pages,
• Blogs,
• Polls,
• Forums,
• Picture and Video uploading and sharing facilities,
• Games,
• Facility for personal chat with your friends,
• e.t.c
In addition MFB (Millat facebook.com) also offers additional features and services that NO other social network offers like:
• Free LIVE TV,
• Recipes,
• Bulletins,
• Public Chat,
• Shout Box,
• Schools,
• e.t.c
And this is just the beginning as MFB is constantly improving every day. Furthermore MFB (Millat facebook.com)

Dec 7, 2010
by Anonymous

Join this group

• Millatfacebook.com is best and faster.

millatfacebookfacebook is Ummah’s very own, first social networking site. The objective is to provide a platform for all Muslims and nice, decent and sophisticated people of all religions and faiths, to come together and make a network. They should interact in a way that is socially responsible by providing them all the freedom of expression, however respecting each others’ sentiments, sensitivities and beliefs.

• This is an excellent effort by Muslims. I will request to all of my friends to join this social site, which is purely our own. Please send this message to all those who are in your circle and prove that we are Muslim and decent people who can do anything for the love of beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Apr 9, 2011
by Anonymous

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