Hate content on social media

It is deplorable that content from supremacist and extremist elements directed against Muslims is allowed to thrive on social media platforms.

Such hateful content not only hurts the feelings of Muslim people, but also makes their lives difficult, especially those who live in non-Muslim countries.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a US-based company, pointed out in its recent report that the apparent reluctance of social media tech giants to permanently remove hateful and racist content online across different platforms that stir up hatred against Muslims and their faith, has created inexplicable problems for the world community.

It also has a chilling effect and prevents Muslims from exercising their freedom of religion and expression online.

On Twitter alone, around 3.8 million anti-Muslim tweets were posted between August 19 and August 22.

Users in three countries, including India, generated 86% of malicious online content in recent years, leading to physical attacks on Muslims and mosques around the world.

As Islamophobia has reached epidemic levels, the international community must act to protect Muslims.

The UN declared the Day for the fight against Islamophobia on March 15 because of the great efforts made by Pakistan and it was a commendable step, but there is still much to be done to stem the outbreak of these trends around the world.

While Twitter may withhold the account of the Pakistani government in India, it and other social media platforms should also act and withhold the accounts of extremist elements spreading hateful content.

It is also up to influential Muslim countries to seriously raise the issue with the social media tech giants, and if no ears are given to us, then Muslims should boycott and block them.

We will also suggest Muslim countries to create their own social media platforms which should only be used for good purposes and forging harmony between different followers of different faiths.

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