A halal version of Facebook ‘Salamworld’ coming soon
By Rizwan Khatik - Sun Mar 18, 4:27 am
At the very basic, it aims to become an Islamic alternative to the hugely popular Facebook site.
The key to this is to make it a safe site that is free of everything that is haram or forbidden — pornography, criminal activities, fraud, paedophilia and advertisements on gambling and alcohol.
It was launched in Istanbul, Turkey amid a gathering of Islamic leaders and intellectuals recently.
A promo video that outlined the idea behind Salamworld said: “By filtering out harmful content, and by making the content uphold and respect family values, we confirm to the requirements of Muslims throughout the world.
“At Salamworld, our aim is to overcome all political, language and cultural barriers, to open the world to Muslims, and open Muslims to the world.”
This Islamic network aims to garner 50 million users in three years. In an interview with the Hürriyet Daily News, one of its owners, Siberian Muslim businessman Abdulvahed Nizayov said: “Muslims in the world are not well-represented on the Internet; we want to change this situation.
“However, we’re not constructing an Internet mosque, we are just creating a halal environment for Muslims.”
A number of prominent leaders from the Islamic world have joined forces with Abdulvahed’s group to develop the site, which is being funded to the tune of tens of millions of dollars by a group of Russian and Turkish investors.