In Pakistan, images of Mohammed are expressly forbidden to be displayed. If you’re wondering what that has to do with conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, it’s because Twitter is in Pakistan and her posts are visible there.
At this point, you’re probably asking, “So what?”
Apparently, Twitter thinks there’s something to it. They sent her a nice warning about a complaint that went her way and recommended she seek advice of counsel since they were not qualified to offer direct legal advice. It was actually a pretty nice message if you don’t take into account the lunacy of the topic.
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
According to Malkin, this isn’t the first time a noted conservative has received a similar warning:
Over the past few months, 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.
There are a ton of people upset by this, including Malkin for obvious reasons. I get it. This is America. Twitter is an American company. If Pakistan or anyone else wants to block them over sharia or any other laws, that’s up to them. Twitter should stand by our American rights.
Of course, one can also make the argument that as a private company that has gone international, they can choose to handle their relationships with other nations however they wish. If that means selling out Americans for the sake of foreign laws, so be it. It’s incumbent on us to create a better option. This is America, after all.
None of that really matters, though.
The battle for American rights will continue until they either take them all. We can hold the line indefinitely, but we can never expect a future in which there’s any hope of rest. That’s fine. The good fight is worth the effort.