The group – which is made up of
former Muslim-Australians – claims Facebook pulled the plug on pages with thousands of followers after users flagged them as ‘disrespecting’ the Islam religion, reports The Australian.
‘Restrictions to these platforms would be overwhelmingly damaging for ex-Muslims who are too afraid to go public with their views due to the taboo of leaving and criticizing a religion,’ a spokeswoman for the group said.
Australian ex-Muslims alleged Facebook censored its content and banned several pages. Pioneers of the ex-Muslim groups have condemned the social media giant for censoring content and filtering the type of information available to users.
The pages exist for ex-Muslims to denounce their former religion and band together with other previous adherents of Islam. Anti-Islamic pages ripped from cyberspace include the Ex-Muslims of North America page – which soon resurfaced – and a page called Mufti News which parodied Muslim news. Several Arabic-based Atheist pages were also shut down on Facebook, the group alleges.
Administrators of the pages have asked Facebook to reconsider its community guidelines to allow for a more diverse conversation on the Islam faith. However dozens of ex-Muslim groups and pages remain visible on Facebook, including the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, Ex-Muslims of Norway and Council of Ex-Muslims of New Zealand.
- Source: Daily Mail Australia
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