In a Dec. 9 post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Muslim users they will always be welcome and protected on the social media platform.
"I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world," Zuckerberg wrote.
“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," he added.
Zuckerberg said hope must not be lost in times of cynicism.
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"As long as we stand together and see the good in each other, we can build a better world for all people," he added.
Zuckerberg’s message followed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for the United States to ban all Muslims from entering the country, The Hill reports. His proposal has drawn heavy criticism from Democrats as well as fellow Republicans.
"Donald Trump does traffic in prejudice and paranoia," Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said in response, according to The Hill. "It’s not only shameful; it’s dangerous.”
“This is not who we are as a party or a country,” Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said.
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Trump is not backing down from his proposal, and he recently said that it is “not about religion” but “safety.”