Following a week of “hate”, Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to “fight to protect the rights” of Muslims on Facebook.
In the wake of sustained attacks from Donald Trump, in which he called for a total ban on Muslim immigration to the US, the Facebook founder posted a short message on his page on Wednesday to support the Muslim community.
Drawing on his religious upbringing, the Facebook founder said that it is important to support Muslims in the face of rising Islamophobia because “attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone”.
I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world.
After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others. As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.
If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you. Having a child has given us so much hope, but the hate of some can make it easy to succumb to cynicism. We must not lose hope. As long as we stand together and see the good in each other, we can build a better world for all people.