Americans Split On Whether Facebook Should Remove "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" Page
Majority of viewers say negative or violent retaliation will occur in response to page
Flemington, NJ, May 21, 2010 – Results of a new national media study among 262 Americans revealed that respondents were split on whether Facebook should remove a controversial Facebook page, “Everyone Draw Mohammed Day” after viewing a video featuring the page.
The study was conducted during May 20-21 by HCD Research using its MediaCurves.com® website, to obtain perceptions of a video discussing a controversial Facebook page that was created to post pictures of the Muslim prophet, Muhammad. To view detailed results go to: www.mediacurves.com.
After viewing the video, 51% of viewers indicated that Facebook should remove the page, and 49% reported that the page should remain on Facebook. The majority of viewers (65%) reported that negative or violent acts will occur in reaction to the “Everyone Draw Mohammed Day” Facebook group. However, the majority of viewers (74%) indicated that Facebook should not be held accountable for any negative actions. In addition, while 41% of Americans reported that depicting Muhammad was offensive to Muslims; 18% did not know that the action is offensive; and 41% were unsure whether drawing Muhammad was offensive to Muslims.
Among the findings:
Should Facebook remove the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” page from its website?
Do you think that negative or violent actions will occur in reaction to the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” page?
Should Facebook be held accountable for any negative actions that occur in reaction to the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” page?
Is it is offensive to Muslims to draw or depict the prophet, Muhammad?
While viewing the video, participants indicated their levels of agreement by moving their mouse from left to right on a continuum. The responses were recorded in quarter-second intervals and reported in the form of curves. The participants were also asked to respond to post-viewing questions.
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HCD Research is a marketing and communications research company headquartered in Flemington, NJ. The company's services include traditional and web-based research. For additional information on HCD Research, access the company’s web site at www.hcdi.net or call HCD Research at 908-788-9393. MediaCurves.com® (www.mediacurves.com) is a media measurement website that provides the media and general public with a venue to view Americans’ perceptions of popular and controversial media events and advertisements.
Yes, freedom of speech is important in this country. However I can certainly understand why muslims would be offended and why a muslim country might ban facebook over this.
I did not know how the Muslim world felt about drawings of Muhammad before. I feel very good about having learned of this idealogy.
no other religious group has ever been as successful in forcing everyone worldwide to follow a rule of their religion
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Freedom of speech is part of the American life but this kind of hype should not be tolerated--any more than militants, communism, etc.
i think all people shoud be treated the same !!!
Muslims should learn to not be violent when others offend them. It is appropriate for them to denounce those who offend them, but wrong to kill people because they draw Mohammed..
I don't think Facebook should be held responsible because people have a mind of their own and if they choose to participate in something then they should face their own consequences. not Facebook
Thank you for bringing to light such a controversial topic. While I believe that everyone is entitled to his or her own religious beliefs, allowing a group of people who have extremists among them to post drawings of Muhammad, will only cause anger, fear and frustration.
i think everyone has a right to thier own religion and others should not make fun of it
I am not in favor of any of this at all.
facebook did not force drawings fromj members, and time for muslims to stop being so sensetive.christians have jokes mde about them , they dont kill because of it
I don't think Facebook should be liable for what happens regarding a group using the site, the site is open to everyone's opinions and if someone doesn't like a certain group, don't join and ignore what is going on.
concerning face book being held accountable. well they should of never allowed it to begin with. if i were the owners of face book i'd make dang sure the people that hold accounts with face book paid the fine and then b kicked out of that site should charges be brought by ither the u.s or worse yet islamist(sorry about my spelling) terrorist. america baffles me, and it seems to me that we are allowing to much wrong freedom of speach to go on and that the goverment is turning their backs on all of this and whats gonna happen one of these days is simple. we'll see a 911 all over again but most likely worse. wise up america.
why cause trouble when these people know it will be throwing a stone at someone else.Doe'nt everyone have their own problems without creating more.Senseless!
Religion of all kinds seem to have a problem with turning the other cheek. The things that cause so much chaos amongst people are so silly. What kind of harm can a web social group do to start with? These religious fanatics forget about freedom of speech. Oh, I forgot, that only applies to them.
i think its fredom to do what we want
let people say what they want
Facebook is a private company that should be allowed to regulate their own content. "Draw Mohammed Day" is unnecessary and intentionally offensive but that's freedom.
People do have freedom of speech but should it be at the sake of ones religious views?
It is a public posting forum but ultimately is privately owned so they have NO responsibility for any action if page is pulled and people need to remember if you don't want someone in your house, you can still ask them to leave. This IS America after all.
by wan halim (Anonymous User)
on Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 8:52:36 PM (#5806
everybody should respect others religion,its wise not to create uneasyness among others,just play by the save side,then no harm is done.Islam is pure,none is to be altered,the teaching of theQuran is original as it was during the Prophets Muhammad,so be educated,just dont follow something stupid or rather sarcastic the DRAWING MUHAMMAD.God bless us