Salamworld is a global social network based on Islamic idea of ”collaboration”. Salamworld allows to express your individuality through different communities. Salamworld is the chance for every user to claim about its social integrity and interests.
This is one of the ways the new social network, called Salamworld, hopes to make it easier to connect Muslims around the world.
In Malaysia, Muslims make up the majority of the population of 29 million people, about 60% of whom are internet users.
Besides this South East Asian country, a trial version of Salamworld is currently being tested by about 1,000 users in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Turkey, Egypt and Indonesia.
It is not the first attempt to create a Muslim-tailored social network, but so far none has become popular on a large scale.
Finland-based Muxlim.com came out in 2006, but is currently shut down. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood launched Ikhwanbook.com in 2010 but the site is also currently offline.
Critics say that these networks tended to appeal only to their respective regions.
Salamworld, based in Turkey but with advisers from more than a dozen countries, hopes to be different.
One way it aims to achieve the goal of uniting Muslims globally is by using a three-level content-filtering feature.
It will allow authorities to set content guidelines based on different interpretations of Islam, which vary from country to country. For example, a picture of a Muslim woman who is not wearing a hijab may be fine in secular Indonesia but not acceptable in Saudi Arabia.
A person using Facebook Salamworld wants to rival Facebook and other Western social networks
It is not clear how internet users will react to such censorship – in Malaysia, for instance, attempts to control the web have been met with fierce opposition.
Earlier this month, politicians and activists staged an internet blackout day to protest against changes in the law they say aimed to stifle free speech online.
Some Malaysians, however, say they will tolerate a certain degree of censorship, such as filtering out photos of skimpy outfits or alcohol ads, which are against Islamic values.
“But if they are censoring things for political reasons, like to prevent us from seeing the real situation in Syria or the violence committed against Muslims in Burma, then that is not OK,” says another student, Abdul Hadi bin Haji.