Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/21/facebook_pakistan/

'Draw Mohammed' page removed from Facebook

106,000 'friends' left by the easel

By Dan Goodin

Posted in Media, 21st May 2010 23:22 GMT

The Facebook page that encouraged users to post images of Islam's Prophet Mohammed was taken down globally on Friday, following an order by a Pakistani court for ISPs in that country to block the social networking site.

Facebook officials tell the Associated Press they played no role in the removal of the "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" page, which drew more than 106,000 followers, according to this Google cache. The page ignited the fury of many Muslims because Islam considers depictions of the prophet to be blasphemy.

The page had declared Thursday as the day to draw Mohammed to protest against threats radical Muslim groups had made against the creators of US cable TV show South Park for depicting the prophet in a bear suit. In the same episode Jesus was shown watching porn and Buddha snorting cocaine.

The Facebook page prompted the complete censorship of the social networking site in Pakistan, hurting many small businesses that use the site for marketing purposes, the AP said. The blockade was ordered to extend through May 31. ®