The nation’s government has ordered that the social networking site be blocked amid protest.
Lahore, Pakistan (WiredPRNews.com) – A page on popular social networking site Facebook, has sparked outrage in Pakistan. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the Pakistan government has ordered that the site be blocked by Internet providers due to the creation of a page that invites users to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in protest of threats against South Park creators for a cartoon portrayal of the prophet in an episode of the series.
The information section of the page is quoted by the AP as stating as of early Wednesday, “We are not trying to slander the average Muslim…We simply want to show the extremists that threaten to harm people because of their Mohammad depictions that we’re not afraid of them. That they can’t take away our right to freedom of speech by trying to scare us into silence.”
Facebook is reportedly investigating the issue. The company is quoted in the report as releasing the statement, “While the content does not violate our terms, we do understand it may not be legal in some countries… In cases like this, the approach is sometimes to restrict certain content from being shown in specific countries.”
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