We are just over a week removed from the San Bernardino terrorist attack that left 14 dead and about a month since the deadly Paris attacks that killed over 100.
Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg issued a statement regarding the two incidents (sort of) and the alleged backlash Muslims are facing.
“I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world.
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.”
Three things of note here. Notice how the word 'terrorism' is missing? It's just “Paris attacks”.
Also absent is any mention of San Bernardino, despite the fact Zuckerberg posted the status from Palo Alto, California - the same state the attacks took place.
There wasn't any American flag profile picture feature popping up on Facebook following that attack either, unlike Paris where the feature sprung up over night.
Instead, he brings up 'hate'. What hate is he referring to? Donald Trump had just announced he wanted to pause Muslim immigration. Is Zuckerberg talking about him?
In the past, Zuckerberg has voiced his support for amnesty, something many conservatives such as Trump oppose.
It's obvious who he's talking about. Anyone with an opinion unfavourable of Islam.
“As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn't against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.
If you're a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.”
There isn't very much to say about the first two sentences, except that if Zuckerberg decided to go on a ground tour of say Palestine, he'd most likely be stabbed to death. The question is how many seconds would it take before the first knife pierced his skin?
The last sentence is the most troubling of all and deserves the most attention.
“Fighting to create a safe environment” for Muslims should have you worried.
Remember when Mark met with Angela Merkel at the UN Development summit in September?
Merkel pressed Zuckerberg on his website not “doing enough to curtail racist comments” in regards to anti-illegal immigration.
“Are you working on this?” Merkel asked.
Zuckerberg was caught on a hot mic answering her. “Yeah,” he said.
What we know from this exchange is Zuckerberg has admitted to being in favour of limiting speech on his website – the largest social media realm on the internet.
So, what would be an ideal “safe environment” for Muslims?
Surely anything insulting to their Prophet Muhammad. Surely anything that isn't sharia-compliant.
Previously, Facebook has complied with demands from Turkey to remove 1,893 “pieces of content” deemed to be offensive despite the fact Zuckerberg claimed he would “never let one country or group of people dictate what people can share across the world.”
Quite the contradiction, isn't it?
You should be worried.
We live in a society where people – even liberals like Bill Maher – are called racists and “Islamophobes” for pointing out facts about Islam and how it's different than other religions.
One such Liberal, Tarek Fatah, voiced his opposition to Zuckerberg's post directly.
“You shut down the accounts of Muslims fighting Islamism, but suck up to your billionaire Saudi friends f***ing America,” he wrote. His comment has over 1000 likes as of this posting.
Fatah refers to the numerous times his Facebook account had been suspended for his vocal criticism of Islamism.
If Tarek Fatah's experience is any indication, expect Facebook to be much more active in censoring posts.
And with Facebook being such a huge source of news for millions and millions of people, this is yet another reason to fear for the future.
We're entering dangerous and uncertain times.