Muslims in Nigeria too have now joined their Pakistani brethren, circulating messages encouraging other Muslims in the country to boycott the popular search engine. The messages are circulated through Facebook, Blackberry, etc. Also included in the message is a long list of other alternative search engines which can be used instead of Google.
According to them, the offence of Google is that “Google has refused to stop showing this fitna movie that made fun of our Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayhu wa sallam) even at the request of the White House under the excuse of freedom of speech!!!” They continued: “Know that if Muslims stop using Google search engine for one week they will lose millions of dollars!! So, Muslims and non Muslims please support us in this boycott!!”
Meanwhile, some experts have been wondering whether this move is a smart one, especially on the part of the Pakistanis who are believed to do a lot of business through Google – as a matter of fact, a lot of them are believed to make their living through online businesses which they market using Google tools.