Twitter, has taken to Sharia Law. Or at least their legal department is informing twitter users that they need to seek legal counsel regarding their tweet because users Tweets are in violation of Pakistan law.
One such user of Twitter, Michelle Malkin, conservative journalist, author, political commentator and business woman is under attack due to her commentary. As Michelle points out on her twitter account," I've been #SiliconValleySharia -ed. Here's the notice Twitter's legal dept sent me last week, warning me to get legal counsel because anti-blasphemy Muslim zealots complained that my Mohammed Cartoons tweet violates Pakistan's laws."
Twitter's legal department should beg the question, as to why Twitter is following Pakistan Law. Malkin's offending tweet featuring images of Muhammad:
CNN reported that, "While the Quran does not explicitly prohibit depictions of Mohammad, most contemporary Muslims worldwide abide by the ban, based largely on religious rulings by Islamic scholars." So why the uproar with respect to the depiction of Muhammad?
Other Conservative anti-sharia advocates have received the same twitter notice this violates Pakistan Law. Among those is Author Pamela Geller, who received death threats for her "Draw Muhammad" contest. This event in Garland Texas drew the ire of two men whom, "armed with assault rifles drove up to the venue and began shooting." Luckily no one was killed.
This Pakistan law threat is apparently common. According to the Straight's Times, "the notices, which came about as a result of "valid requests from an authorized entity", helped users "to take measures to protect their interests", and the process is not unique to any one country." Begging the question, does Pakistan now own twitter's interests?
When AFP news agency reached out to question Twitter, a spokesperson for twitter responded with, "In our continuing effort to make our services available to people everywhere, if we receive a valid requests from an authorized entity, it may be necessary to withhold access to certain content in a particular country from time to time." Furthermore, Pakistan has threatened to block Twitter if the company did not remove content its government found offensive.
How long until, social media giants decide to follow sharia law and prohibit any dissenting opinions on the subject of religious worship? Will Americans simply tailor their comments to the likes of that which appeases Islamic dogma? Or will they continue to hold the 1st Amendment?
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