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.

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