Digital Life 9.1.2015 01:54 pm

#JeSuisCharlie – Mark Zuckerberg joins the conversation

In this February 24, 2014 photo Facebook's billionaire creator Mark Zuckerberg speaks on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

In this February 24, 2014 photo Facebook's billionaire creator Mark Zuckerberg speaks on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took to his personal profile Friday to join the Charlie Hebdo conversation. 

FIND OUT MORE: Charlie Hebdo shooting wrap-up

In the post he shared his own experience of being threatened over a piece of Mohammed content that had offended a user.

“A few years ago, an extremist in Pakistan fought to have me sentenced to death because Facebook refused to ban content about Mohammed that offended him,” Zuckerberg wrote.

“We stood up for this because different voices — even if they’re sometimes offensive — can make the world a better and more interesting place.”

Zuckerberg goes on to talk about the importance freedom of speech and why it needs to be upheld.

“Facebook has always been a place where people across the world share their views and ideas. We follow the laws in each country, but we never let one country or group of people dictate what people can share across the world.”

“Yet as I reflect on yesterday’s attack and my own experience with extremism, this is what we all need to reject — a group of extremists trying to silence the voices and opinions of everyone else around the world.”

“I won’t let that happen on Facebook. I’m committed to building a service where you can speak freely without fear of violence.”

“My thoughts are with the victims, their families, the people of France and the people all over the world who choose to share their views and ideas, even when that takes courage. ‪#‎JeSuisCharlie‬

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 1.52.52 PM 

today in print