An imam who frequently criticizes radical Islam was sent an intimidating email by Twitter’s legal team telling him that he broke Pakistan’s blasphemy law.
The tweet that spurred the email was made last month by Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, a moderate Muslim from Australia, who called for that country’s government to investigate the mosque that a knife attacker attended in Melbourne.
“Investigate the Mosque and the Imam that delivers these Jihadist sermons,” Tawhidi tweeted Nov. 9.
The police must investigate which Mosque this terrorist attended for Friday Prayers today. I am serious. Investigate the Mosque and the Imam that delivers these Jihadist sermons. pic.twitter.com/sFoHzekx0k
— Imam Mohammad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) November 9, 2018
This tweet broke Pakistan’s law, according to the email Tawhidi received from Twitter last week.
The email said “Twitter has received official correspondence” indicating Tawhidi’s tweet “is in violation of Pakistan 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
“You may wish to consult legal counsel about this matter,” the email read.
Any email that advises you to get a lawyer is intimidating.
Fortunately, it’s an empty threat because Pakistan’s ridiculous laws have no jurisdiction over someone living in Australia.
“I am not from Pakistan nor am I a Pakistani citizen,” Tawhidi tweeted. “Pakistan has no authority over what I say. Get out of here.”
I would enjoy breaking Pakistan’s Laws if they had any in the first place. https://t.co/76YzhQs2qS
— Imam Mohammad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) December 5, 2018
While Tawhidi appears to be safe from Pakistani authorities, it’s concerning that Twitter seems to be doing the dirty work of a corrupt Islamist regime.
Tawhidi is not from Pakistan, and his tweet didn’t violate Twitter’s terms of service. The purpose of Twitter’s email appears to be to intimidate the peaceful imam on behalf of Pakistan.
In August, the Pakistani government threatened to block the social media giant if it didn’t crack down on “objectionable content,” according to Pakistan Today.
It doesn’t seem like Twitter is ready to make such a move just yet, but its intimidating emails may scare people into staying quiet about radical Islamic terrorists.
This is scary. Twitter is helping an authoritarian regime harass opponents of terrorism.
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