Facebook has over five hundred million members; half of which logs in every day. It’s becoming the most visited website on the internet and the most popular social networking website online. Despite its popularity, there are a few countries that banned Facebook for one reason or another.
Malaysia would probably join the many other countries that banned Facebook because according to an UMNO (United Malays National Organization) Supreme Council member, Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim, Facebook has been used as a platform to bash Islam and political figures in Malaysia. He claimed that this misuse of Facebook would pose serious internal security problems within Malaysia.
This move would certainly cause quite an outcry because Facebook is the most popular social networking website in Malaysia. Everywhere I go, whether it’s at the mall or a cyber cafe, I can see people logging into their Facebook account.
Facebook has been blocked at many workplaces in Malaysia but if the employees bring their own laptop and has a mobile internet connection, they’re still able to log into Facebook. This does cause some serious problems at workplaces where employees are busy updating their status on Facebook.
Facebook has no moderator and that is part of the problem. Members can pose hate pages which bash other people and religions. The religion that seems to be the brunt of most bashing seems to be Islam and that is why countries like Pakistan, Syria, Iran,Uzbekistan and Bangladesh which are Islamic states have banned Facebook. The People’s Republic of China and Vietnam too have joined these countries that banned Facebook and soon Malaysia too might be joining the list.
Unless Facebook takes action to control their website from being a platform to encourage irresponsible bashing, I think a lot more countries will joined these countries that banned Facebook.