CANADA. Twitters growing preoccupation with policing their users have given them strange bedfellows.

On 20 August this year Ensaf Haidar, wife of Raif Badawi who is imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for insulting Islam, tweeted:

Retweet if you’re against niqab. Retweeter si vous êtes contre le niqab.

Today she got the message that Twitter has recieved official correspondence about her account saying that her tweet is illegal in Pakistan! The notable thing is that Ensaf lives in Canada!

I assume that official correspondence means that it was the Pakistani state that are trying to enforce their sharia laws on a woman with no ties to the country. She has critiqued them a couple of times on Twitter and that’s obviously all it takes. Islam is after all a religion which is all about submission.

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