Remember how just yesterday I said Twitter needed to collapse because it has become a means for Social Justice Warriors to expose thought criminals for near decade old jokes.
That was nothing in comparison to what seems to be official Twitter policy of endangering lives by enforcing Sharia law.
Twitter’s legal team has sent official correspondence to at least two very vocal critics of radical Islam ‘in violation of Pakistani law’. Imam Tawhidi, a progressive Muslim scholar from Australia received an email on 3rd December informing him that a particular tweet of his has broken Pakistani law.
Twitter’s Legal Department has sent me an Email informing me that I have broken Pakistan’s Law. I have attached the Tweet in question, so judge for yourselves.
I am not from Pakistan nor am I a Pakistani citizen. Pakistan has no authority over what I say. Get out of here. pic.twitter.com/wsVacLXpJm
— Imam Mohammad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) December 3, 2018
Similarly, Ensaf Haider, a Canadian human rights activist and wife of Raif Badawi, a Saudi writer and dissident who has been imprisoned for his satirical blogs against Saudi regimes, too received similar notice of having violated Pakistani law.
Funny, Twitter just told me that I'm broken the Pakistan’s law!! pic.twitter.com/ze2EGw63HE
— Ensaf haidar ⚜️🍁 (@miss9afi) November 30, 2018
In August this year, Pakistan’s Islamabad High Court had ordered blocking Twitter in the country if it does not comply Pakistani government’s request to block objectionable content within 15 days. The Pakistan government has its own notion of what is suitable for public consumption and what falls under the legitimate free speech. The Islamabad High Court had “taken notice of the increase in objectionable content posted on social media websites” following which the Senate Standing Committee had deliberated sending the final notice.
Hence, Twitter is following the law of the land by sending such notices to the said people. In India, too, Twitter has withheld tweets of scientist and columnist Anand Ranganathan and filmmaker and author Vivek Agnihotri which were critical of the Indian judiciary.
Pakistan has stringent blasphemy laws. It came to prominence recently when Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian who was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 and sentenced to death, was acquitted by the Pakistani Supreme Court in October 2018. She has since then gone into hiding.
Twitter is willing to enforce Pakistani law outside of Pakistan. Pakistani law is essentially Sharia law.
In the case of Asia Bibi, she requested asylum in the UK because there were mobs of Pakistani Muslims who wanted her dead, her request for asylum was turned down because of the fear that it would cause “unrest and attacks” by British Muslims in the UK.
Yes, you read that right. The UK denied a woman asylum because of the threat of domestic terrorism. The UK folded to terrorism.
So we know that national borders are not a impediment to Sharia and/or Muslim blasphemy law.
Twitter, it seems, is willing to paint a target on the backs of people around the world for violating Pakistan’s blasphemy law. That invites you to be the target of death threats and terrorism.
Twitter will not suspend an account by a Muslim who proclaims Jews to be termites to his 335,000 followers but will target you for violating Pakistani blasphemy laws.
Why are people still using this platform?