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Defection from Islam coincident with increased internet access

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Jul 13, 2021 at 09:53

If one looks at the internet usage statistics in the Muslim countries, one can see that there has been an accelerating trend of internet access in the last twenty years, to the point where in countries such as Algeria and Iran, almost 60 percent of the population are internet users. The last decade has seen a particularly sharp rise. It is quite likely, therefore, that Muslims, previously living in more isolated circumstances, and often illiterate (Iran had 90 percent illiteracy up to the 1960s), are now being given a chance to see what's happening in the world. Literacy rates and internet access are much higher than before, so people have a chance to compare and contrast their own cultural milieu with that of other cultures and to judge accordingly.

More widespread information also could account for the recent migratory trend away from poor and backward societies. How are you going to keep 'em down on the mosque, once they've seen Paree?
The irony is that while Big Tech may staffed by leftists who want to suppress Islamophobic content, the tsunami of internet content that is today's reality can hardly be denied.

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Good point.

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