Mark Zuckerberg, Google and Apple respond to Charlie Hebdo attack
Tech giants including Facebook, Apple and Google have condemned the Charlie Hebdo attack in which at least twelve people were killed including eight journalists.
He wrote, “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.”
He also revealed that he has received death threats in response to his content that depicted prophet Muhammad on his social networking site two years ago. He opened up that an extremist in Pakistan has fought to get him a death sentence because Facebook refused to ban content that criticized prophet Muhammad. He said that Facebook stood up for this as even if the different voices are offensive, they can make the world a more interesting place.
He said more than 188,000 people have liked the post so far and it has also been shared more than 16,000 times. Google has displayed a black ribbon on is homepage and has promised a sum of £195,000 through its digital press fund to support the magazine. The journalists who survived the attack have vowed to publish an issue of the magazine, in a larger print and run of 1 million copies.
Apple has displayed the message “Je Suis Charlie” on its French website meaning I am Charlie.