Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come out with a strong statement today in support of the Muslim community, in wake of the rising anti-Muslim sentiment in America, after the San Bernardino attack. Although his post on Facebook does not mention any one by name, it has clearly been prompted by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent call to ban all Muslim immigration into the United States. The racist policy proposal, though widely condemned, has emboldened existing prejudices against the Muslim community.
In the general context, Zuckerberg wrote, “After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others.”
Mark Zuckerberg says that, Muslims will always be welcome on Facebook, and that Muslim users should expect for Facebook to “fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.”
Citing his Jewish background, he said, “As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities,”
Zuckerberg writes, “Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.”
After the Paris Attacks, and the San Bernardino shootings, violence against Muslims has reportedly escalated in the US.
While some view the post as a smart move for the social network, which has a large and fast growing number of Muslim users around the world, there is no doubt that Facebook’s clear support of Muslims will play a big role in setting the tone for an online discourse. However, the fact cannot be ignored that Facebook is also a popular medium for posting hateful rhetoric and anti-Muslim sentiments.