The Jakarta Post
Users who upload inappropriate content or fake news are to be immediately removed from the platform. (Shutterstock/ImYanis)
A new social media platform that says it is based on “the moral values of Islam” and describes itself as a respectful and safe online environment has been launched.
Named Labayk, which means "at your service", the platform highlights Islamic values and encourages users to donate to charitable causes.
Developed by investment banker Tanweer Khan, Labayk is said to cater to both Muslim and non-Muslim users, though it expects all users to “abide by the moral values of Islam”.
Like other social networks, it allows users to create a profile, update their status, make connections and send private messages.
“Over time, I was becoming increasingly frustrated at the way social media networks have become vehicles for abuse, trolling and bullying. Social media platforms are constantly being called out over their response to this, and it’s becoming harder and harder to control," said Khan in a statement.
"Social media networks have the power to do good and make the world a better place for everyone, both online and offline. However, the culture on most of these networks is driven by profits, allowing bots to shape people’s decisions and opinions. I wanted to create a platform where people can connect and effectively communicate with others, with similar values, in a safe and nonthreatening environment," he added.
Users who upload content deemed inappropriate or fake news can be immediately removed from the platform.
“This isn’t a Muslim-only platform, it is open for everyone. However, Labayk shares and is built on true Islamic values of peace, respect, kindness, truth and sincerity. And this is what I wanted the platform to be. Hatred and aggressive advertising has been replaced with giving, charitable causes, great communication and safety. And it’s free, and always will be," said Khan.
The mobile app is currently only available for download on iPhone devices. (kes)