Face you and book tubeMay 21st, 2010
Internet is surely about free speech and free spirit. That’s the reason why Facebook and Youtube have become an integral part of our lives. But alongwith freedom of speech comes responsibility which no one can shirk away from. If you are free to air your views you have to ensure that what you say is not racist or hurtful to any community. I mean if Muslims do not like Prophet Mohammad to be drawn why should others do just that? Not only did these guys do it themselves on Facebook they implored others to do it as well. I mean, how will these guys feel if someone said that Jesus was gay (Though many have indeed said that). This is crazy to say the least. Like I said, you have to be responsible enough not to cross the line. Mark Zuckerberg should’ve stepped in and stopped this activity.
Having said this, I also wish to state that Pakistan has gone overboard with their reaction by blocking Facebook and Youtube. Firstly, as far as pictures of Prophet are concerned all anyone needs to do is do a google search. There are thousands of pictures available on the internet including a few on Wikipedia. I can show those images here but then I’d be crossing the line myself. What I mean to say is that if Pakistan really wants to block pictures of Prophet blocking Facebook and Youtube is not enough. They need to block the complete internet. Their court which passed this order for blocking these sites was probably not aware of this fact.
Also, why does Pakistan have to be the custodian of Islam? No other Muslim country in the world has taken such an extreme step on this issue. In any case, who is the loser over here? Is it Facebook/Youtube or are the average Pakistanis the losers? From more than 350 million users of Facebook and 300 million on Youtube if you deduct less than 3 million Pakistanis who had an account you’ll see who the loser is. Actually, by doing this Pakistan has inadvertently given free publicity to this webpage which is now attracting millions of viewers and participants. What actually should’ve just blown over has now become a rage with many non Muslims who came to know about this group on Facebook only after reading the report of Pakistan having blocked this site. What a stupid irony!!!
I guess the authorities in Pakistan need to learn how and when to make a distinction between towing to hardliners and being realistic. Or are they trying to reach out to Taliban once again by showing that they are the only ones who care about Islamic values and the faith in general? I don’t really know about the authorities in Pakistan but I’m quite sure that these three million users will agree with me. Won’t they? By extension Gilani has just lost 30 lakh votes. TOUCHE!!!!!!
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