Dangers of the internet

This is a section taken from a longer speech by Brother Mudassar who looks at the dangers of simply “googling it”, and how the misunderstanding of how google, facebook and twitter work can lead to mis-information being quickly spread.


Why Twitter didn’t delete anti-Muslim tweets

Ivana Kottasová, reporting for CNN:

The anti-Muslim videos were first posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the far-right party Britain First. They depict violent assaults and the destruction of a statue of the Virgin Mary.

They also appear to violate the terms of use published by Twitter. It warns users: “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

Asked why the original tweets have not been deleted, a Twitter spokesperson said:

“To help ensure people have an opportunity to see every side of an issue, there may be the rare occasion when we allow controversial content or behavior which may otherwise violate our rules to remain on our service because we believe there is a legitimate public interest in its availability.”

Translating the above PR jargon into English – Twitter are scared of losing Trump from their platform.

Woman sues Twitter for allowing ISIS activity on the website

From engadget:

It’s pretty well-known that ISIS and its supporters have been using social media to encourage acts of violence, and Twitter seems to be one of their preferred platforms. Now, a woman whose husband was killed when a gunman attacked a police training center in Jordan is suing the microblogging website for allowing ISIS (and sympathizer) accounts to thrive on the website.

The women herself says;

…for years, Twitter has knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use its social network as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits. This material support has been instrumental to the rise of ISIS and has enabled it to carry out numerous terrorist attacks.

Giant social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have, more or less, ignored groups like ISIS who successfully use their platforms to recruit vulnerable people to their violent causes.

The metric used to asses the value of sites like Twitter are the number of registered users it has, and it is vital for Twitter to keep growing its user base every year. Perhaps this is why it has been so slow to take any action in removing the estimated 70,000 accounts dedicated to ISIS on its platform.

Lets hope that this legal action forces these social media companies to take this matter seriously and for these accounts to be quickly monitored and removed as they appear.

Twitter Agrees to Block ‘Blasphemous’ Tweets in Pakistan

The New York Times reports that

At least five times this month, a Pakistani bureaucrat who works from a colonial-era barracks in Karachi, just down the street from the former home of his country’s secularist founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, asked Twitter to shield his compatriots from exposure to accounts, tweets or searches of the social network that he described as “blasphemous” or “unethical.”

All five of those requests were honored by the company, meaning that Twitter users in Pakistan can no longer see the content that so disturbed the bureaucrat, Abdul Batin of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority: crude drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, photographs of burning Qurans, and messages from a handful of anti-Islam bloggers and an American porn star who now attends Duke University.

The blocking of these tweets in Pakistan — in line with the country-specific censorship policy Twitter unveiled in 2012 — is the first time the social network has agreed to withhold content there. A number of the accounts seemed to have been blocked in anticipation of the fourth annual “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” on May 20.

The move by Twitter to ban certain accounts in Pakistan is a validation of the horrendous blasphemy laws in the country.

Although this measure at least means the whole site is not banned, as happened with YouTube and Facebook, what this does do is once again give the impression to non- Muslims that the religion itself is too weak and in danger by these silly posts.

What we are essentially seeing is an admission by Pakistan that the religion of Islam cannot counter the rubbish that is spewed by a micro blogging site which, unlike Islam, will probably not be around in a hundred years.

Rather than banning sites and individual posters we should be taking the lead and fighting this jihad, with the pen, and leading by example to show just how beautiful Islam and the Holy Quran are.

Rather than live life by the standards set out to us in Islam it seems Pakistan has taken the easy way out with their draconian blasphemy laws to the detriment of Muslims world wide.

Islam Conversion Issue

Yuvan Shankar Raja quits Twitter after being abused by his followers. The music director’s post on his decision to follow Islam has not gone well with a section of his fans. Their negative feedback has made the Illayaraaja’s son to bid goodbye to the social networking site. He had announced last Sunday (February 9) that he was following the Islam on Twitter. His statement had surprised many. While it did not have an impact on the majority of his fans, a section of followers opposed his decision ‘to convert to the Islam religion’. His faith and belief were questioned and was abused by them.

People accuse Islam of being an intolerant religion. They point to the poor treatment of those who convert to other religions from Islam and, rightly, deplore it. But, as the article below shows, when converts to Islam are subjected to harassment and threats there is usually silence and even agreement with those that are being intolerant and threatening.

Original Source: OneIndia

New Inventions

Used for years as an excellent tool for Dawah activities, Islamic websites and social media have been proved as a perfect tool to gather support for the needy, after a successful campaign went viral to offer help for a Muslim heart transplant patient.

Maria’s case went viral at social media after her family launched a fund raising campaign beyond US to save the life of the 31-year-old Muslim.

Under the title ‘Heart for Maria Haroon’, a Facebook page was made to raise money for the operation.

Twitter followers were also able to make contributions for Maria through @HeartForMaria.

Every time something new is launched there is a debate in the Muslim community about whether it is halal or not. As the Promised Messiah Hazrat Mirza Ghulam ahmad said it is not the invention that is halal or not but its use.

The same applies to social media which has attracted a bad press many times. The above quote is a wonderful example of how it may be used positively for the benefit of humanity.

Original Source: On Islam

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