Twitter has been warning users from around the world, including conservative writer and commentator Michelle Malkin, that their posts on the platform violate Pakistan’s Sharia law, and that they “may wish to consult legal counsel.”
Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin received Twitter’s Sharia notice, as well as Muslim reformist Imam Mohamad Tawhidi, Islam critic Pamela Geller, human rights activist Ensaf Haidar, and FrontPage Magazine managing editor Jamie Glazov.
“Last week, the little birdies in Twitter’s legal department notified me that one of my tweets from 2015 is ‘in violation of Pakistan law,'” proclaimed Malkin in a blog post. “My innocuous tweet featured a compilation image of the 12 Muhammad cartoons published by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005. It also linked to my Jan. 8, 2015, syndicated column on the Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre in Paris. There’s no hate, violence, profanity or pornography, just harmless drawings and peacefully expressed opinions about the Western media’s futile attempts to appease the unappeasable enforcers of sharia law, which bans all insults of Islam.”
The notice which Malkin received from Twitter, declared, “We are writing to inform you that Twitter has received official correspondence regarding your Twitter account, @michellemalkin. The correspondence claims that the following content is in violation of Pakistan law.”
“Twitter has not taken any action on the reported content at this time. We are only writing to inform you that content posted to your account has been mentioned in a complaint,” the notice continued. “This notice is not legal advice. You may wish to consult legal counsel about this matter.”
I've been #SiliconValleySharia -ed. Here's the notice Twitter's legal dept sent me last week, warning me to get legal counsel because anti-blasphemy Muslim zealots complained that my Mohammed Cartoons tweet violates Pakistan's laws.https://t.co/dn4cHniMYN@miss9afi @Imamofpeace pic.twitter.com/tO6WItRghJ
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) February 27, 2019
Malkin added, “I have written to Twitter’s legal & media relations departments seeking answers and comment on why American citizens who use their service are now subject to Pakistan’s oppressive anti-blasphemy laws. No response yet.”
“As an American citizen who is subject to America’s laws—not Pakistan’s or Mohammed’s—I’ll retweet my harmless little Mo cartoons to my 2.1 million followers every day from now on and stand with other targets on the side of free speech and free thought,” Malkin stated. “How about you, Twitter?”
Pakistan has strict blasphemy laws, with sentences ranging from imprisonment for life to execution.
According to Malkin, “several other prominent critics of Islamic extremism have received similar warning letters from Twitter’s legal department, including Saudi-Canadian activist Ensaf Haidar, the wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi; Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, an Iranian-born Muslim scholar and reform advocate from Australia; Jamie Glazov, a Russian-born Canadian columnist who just released a new book called ‘Jihadist Psychopath’; and Pamela Geller, an anti-jihad blogger and activist.”
Funny, Twitter just told me that I'm broken the Pakistan’s law!! pic.twitter.com/ze2EGw63HE
— Ensaf haidar ⚜️🍁 (@miss9afi) November 30, 2018
When Twitter informs me that my tweets violate Pakistan’s Law, do they tell Pakistan that their support for terrorism violates laws of the UK, US and Australia?
— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) February 28, 2019
Twitter Warns Glazov His Book Violates Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law https://t.co/l9RZfXmcO6
— Jamie Glazov (@JamieGlazov) January 14, 2019
Twitter has sent me notice "to consult legal counsel" because the tweet below "is in violation of Pakistan [sharia] law." You bloody cowards can kiss my free ass.
I am an American. You are an American company. Act like it, sniveling slaves. https://t.co/HqY7RVDVE2
— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) January 17, 2019
Twitter’s notices were called out by Donald Trump Jr., who posted, “Insane that twitter is warning Americans & non-Pakistanis that their words violate laws in a foreign country under Shria law??? Let that sink in for a second.”
No! Their #censorship only goes one way…
Insane that twitter is warning Americans & non-Pakistanis that their words violate laws in a foreign country under Shria law???
Let that sink in for a second. https://t.co/yCAuSbuLcV
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 28, 2019