Hardline Muslim Groups Accuse Facebook of Discrimination

Demonstrators carry a banner with the words, 'reject injustice,' during a protest in front of Facebook's representative office in Central Jakarta on Friday (12/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : JG | on 6:37 PM January 13, 2018
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Featured, Photos

Hundreds of people belonging to various Islamic mass organizations demonstrated in front of Facebook's representative office in Central Jakarta on Friday (12/01), accusing the social media giant of discrimination for blocking accounts and pages belonging to hardline groups that violate its community standards.

They alleged that Facebook blocks these despite it only being used for humanitarian purposes, such as assisting flood victims, building homes, providing medication and proselytizing.

The protestors, who sent a delegation to discuss their concerns with Facebook representatives, demanded that the company changes its policies. They also accused it of assuming that all Muslim groups on Facebook are involved in terrorism.

In a speech, one of the protest leaders called on the company to leave Indonesia if it does not change its policies and continues to block pages the accounts of Muslims.

A protestor carries a poster during the demonstration outside Facebook's representative office in Central Jakarta on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A protestor carries a poster during the demonstration outside Facebook's representative office in Central Jakarta on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Protestors accused Facebook of discriminating against Muslims. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Protestors accused Facebook of discriminating against Muslims. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A demonstrator takes a selfie during the protest. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A demonstrator takes a selfie during the protest. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Members of an Islamic women's organization participate in the protest action. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Members of an Islamic women's organization participate in the protest action. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The demonstrators sent a delegation to discuss their concerns with Facebook representatives. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) The demonstrators sent a delegation to discuss their concerns with Facebook representatives. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Protest leaders called on Facebook to leave Indonesia if it does not amend its policies. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Protest leaders called on Facebook to leave Indonesia if it does not amend its policies. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Private security personnel wear Muslim headgear in solidarity with the protestors. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Private security personnel wear Muslim headgear in solidarity with the protestors. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


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