Updated: “Resilient” Millatfacebook is Back Online
Update2: the site url is millatfacebook.com ( double LL) Milatfacebook.com is not the original Millat which achieved 334,000 members and faced DDoS attacks. It is a new site that seems want to take advantage of Millatfacebook popularity.
Update 3: Millatfacebook site seems some time sluggish.
After being down for around 3 weeks, Millatfacbook the Pakistani social network for Muslims is now back online.
Millatfacebook has emerged in what it calls to “Unite Muslims” and boycott facebook in light of the heinous facebook fan page of “draw the Prophet Mohammad day.”
Today, I finally managed to register to see the site and add my profile profile here, the social network looks ok and it has many of the features that facebook has, it seems that it is build using an open source socialnetwork platform using PHP.
this is the original Millatefacebook ( double L) UI:
This is Millatfacebook clone Milatfacebook with one L UI:
The site design is not that great and needs improvements, however if Milatfacebook team needs to make this project a success they need to add and resdign the site features and create something different and more appealing “socially” than what they offer now. For example forums is an outdated being from the 90s era.
It is good to see a Muslim social network competing against facebook and it is also healthy to see even anyone from anywhere competing with facebook. As facebook is now 500 Million strong this hopefully would put pressure on facebook management to respect users privacy and make sure that groups that insults Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) has no sanctuary on facebook. I am with freedom of speech and with free flow of information, but the case here is different than freedom of speech, Me As a Muslim allow me to tell you that Islam allows non Muslims to believe in whatever they want, non Muslims has the right to discuss if Islam is truly from God or not, believe in God or not, but Prophet Mohammad and all the prophets of God should be respected, why do you want to insult Prophet Mohammad? Essentially those people who started these competition have deep hate to Islam and they should differentiate on their hate between Prophets of God ( whether they believe on them or not) in one side and political and military leaders or movements on the other side.
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We do not know where Millatfacebook is being hosted, they said in previous communicated email that they will be hosted with 2 Pakistani Telecom companies. Hosting a site in a Muslim country is not a safe haven, as free speech in political issues are not granted, for example criticizing any head of state in most Muslim countries will mean impressment for the person if it is not being wiped out from the face of earth. That is why it will be hard see any Internet or Media startup located in the Muslim world that provides complete freedom of speech, otherwise it would be not for profit and its founder unknown to the public.
Freedom of speech is more granted in USA and Western countries with some variation between them than most Muslim countries, Pakistan though has some how more political freedoms including speech than the most other Muslim countries.