New Delhi: Mark Zuckerberg, the Chairman and CEO of the world's biggest social network Facebook, has revealed two days after the Charlie Hebdo shooting, that he was threatened by an extremist from Pakistan with death for refusing to ban content ridiculing Prophet Muhammad.
In his Facebook post, Zuckerberg said, “A few years ago, an extremist in Pakistan fought to have me sentenced to death because Facebook refused to ban content about Prophet Muhammed that offended him.”
“As I reflect on yesterday's attack and my own experience with extremism, this is what we all need to reject — a group of extremists trying to silence the voices and opinions of everyone else around the world,” Zuckerberg wrote.
“I won't let that happen on Facebook. I'm committed to building a service where you can speak freely without fear of violence,” he assured.
“Facebook has always been a place where people across the world share their views and ideas. We follow the laws in each country, but we never let one country or group of people dictate what people can share across the world.”
Zuckerberg received over 120,000 ‘likes' on his post and several comments as well.
In fact, he even replied to one comment in which a user has asked whether the content that had offended the man who threatened him was banned.
His response was: “It's not against our policies to talk about Prophet Muhammed. We did block the content in Pakistan where it was illegal, but we didn't block it in the rest of the world where it is legal.”
Zuckerberg used the trending hashtag #JeSuisCharlie to condole the death of French cartoonists killed by jihadi terrorists.
“My thoughts are with the victims, their families, the people of France and the people all over the world who choose to share their views and ideas, even when that takes courage,” he said.