Mark Zuckerberg has voiced his support for Muslims around the world who may be feeling insecure following the Paris attacks and US presidential candidate Donald Trump's constant anti-Muslim remarks. The Facebook CEO said he would support the rights of Muslims.
"I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world," 31-year-old Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. He said he could empathise with the feelings Muslims may be going through following the 13 November Paris attacks.
"After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others," Zuckerberg said of the deadly attacks that claimed 130 lives.
Speaking about his Jewish background, Zuckerberg said people "must" stand up against attacks on their freedom. "As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn't against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.
"If you're a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you."
Referring about the birth of his baby girl Max in November, Zuckerberg said becoming parents has inspired him and his wife Priscilla Chan all the more to speak for one's rights. "Having a child has given us so much hope, but the hate of some can make it easy to succumb to cynicism," he said hinting at Trump's anti-Islam speeches.
"We must not lose hope. As long as we stand together and see the good in each other, we can build a better world for all people."