MALA, Senegal — The monks at the Malala Fund for Peace, a nonprofit that advocates for girls in the Islamic world, said they are concerned about Facebook posting the photos of the 14-year-old girl, who was shot and killed by the Taliban in Pakistan in 2011.
The fund said the photos show the “pornographic and disturbing” nature of social media.
Facebook has blocked the posts of the monks on its page.
“This is not a photo of Malala.
She is not an image of Malalas.
She’s an image that is disturbing to us,” said Father Ngozi Okafor, the group’s founder and a former missionary at the U.S. Embassy in Malawi.
“She was an image, and if Facebook thinks this is the image of a beautiful young woman, it is a travesty.”
Facebook is facing criticism after a Facebook post from the Malalalah Fund for the Peace on Thursday called for the release of the girls who are being held in Pakistan.
The Facebook post called the Pakistani government “a terrorist state” and said they were “hounded by their enemies” for “their peaceful political activities” and called for their release.
Facebook suspended a post by the Malalis for a few hours.
The Malalals have been suspended from Facebook in Pakistan and in India, as well as from the United States.
Facebook declined to comment on the Malalian posts.
The fund has not commented on the post.
“It’s a little ironic that we have to fight against our enemies, we have a foreign enemy, and we have the enemy in the form of Facebook,” Okaf said.
The Malala fund is not the only organization to criticize Facebook, and its members have not received any apology from Facebook, according to a blog post by its president, Anwarul Haque.
Facebook is a private company that does not have to disclose the identity of its users, and it has not responded to requests for comment.
Facebook is known for being sensitive to privacy concerns and is not known to be a fan of civil liberties or freedom of speech.