The Nation KARACHI – The 70 per cent people in Pakistan want permanent ban on Facebook, while another 14 percent said they support court’s order for banning the website till May 31, 2010. In a public poll conducted by a technology blog ‘ProPakistani.pk’, the participants expressed their sheer anger on Facebook for displaying blasphemous drawings of Prophet Muhammad (SAWW). The vote count is in thousands while the poll is still running. In the first three days of the poll, some 70 per cent of participants said they want Facebook to be banned permanently in Pakistan, while another 15 per cent supported Facebook’s ban till May 31 only.
The eight per cent participants were of the opinion that single URL ban was enough while the remaining seven per cent said they did not want ban on Facebook at all.
Lahore High Court has earlier ordered banning Facebook and YouTube till May 31 for showing inappropriate content on websites.
Commenting on poll results, Jabran Rafique, a student in London, while talking to The Nation said that thousands of people had complained Facebook to remove the blasphemous content through Facebook’s standard reporting procedure but no action was taken at all by the Facebook administration.
“But on the other hand they only took 20 minutes to shut down a page against Jewish on demand of some so-called Jewish cyber force.
Does it not a discrimination against only one race and religion? We must not use Facebook ever again,” he concluded.