UPDATE: Turkish PM Erdogan Gives Public Support to Zuckerberg

Yesterday I reported that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken a profoundly more pro-Muslim tone this year, most publicly noted by a Facebook message in which he claimed that Muslims are always welcome on Facebook.


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In following up, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has “friended” Mr. Zuckerberg over his comments on Islam. From the Global Post:

Erdogan, who once threatened to ban Facebook in his country, used his official page on the website to respond to Zuckerberg both in Turkish and in English.

“I highly value Mark Zuckerberg’s message for pointing out the profound difference between Islam and terrorism since these two concepts are often mentioned in the same breath these days,” he wrote.

“As I always express on different platforms, Islam is a religion of peace. Murderous networks that abuse Islam for their self-serving goals are massacring innocent people every day, particularly Muslims.”

It is interesting to note this in the context that Mr. Zuckerberg is a Jew, and how many Jews, especially those living in Turkey, are very uncomfortable with Mr. Erdogan’s increasing power, not to mention his statements about invading Jerusalem. As Walid has pointed out here on Shoebat.com, Mr. Erdogan seems to fancy himself a new Ottoman sultan to lead the Islamic world again as it did in the past.

One can only wonder what Mr. Erdogan will say in any “PMs” to the Facebook CEO. Perhaps he will take a lesson from Angela Merkel’s call to censor criticism of Islam online earlier this year? Or maybe, was Merkel inspired by Erdogan? After all, Germany and Ottoman Turkey have a long history of cooperation, and it is of even greater relevance today that Germany is the nation with the world’s largest Turkish diaspora.

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