Earlier this week, GitHub took down a hateful site that targeted Muslim women and put them on sale. The website, named Sulli Deals, is a derogatory term used for Muslim women.
Somebody made an app of 'Sulli Deals' which has twitter handle of so many Muslim girls. You are one tap away from finding the girl as your deal.
That app has our pictures and our names.
The motto of the app says, 'community driven, open source project' pic.twitter.com/Rc2vyynRMy
— K (@madeforbrettLEE) July 4, 2021
Didn't check Twitter last night. Woke up this morning to realise my name, along with those of many other Muslim women was up on GitHub as a list of "Sulli Deals". Thankfully by the time I came across it, it had been taken down. But just the screenshots sent shivers down my spine. pic.twitter.com/CGXivEyjyC
— Fatima Khan (@khanthefatima) July 5, 2021
In a statement, GitHub said that its policy bars content that targets a community:
GitHub has longstanding policies against content and conduct involving harassment, discrimination, and inciting violence. We suspended user accounts following the investigation of reports of such activity, all of which violate our policies.
This is the second incident this year involving targeting Muslim women online before Eid. In May, during Eid-ul-Fitr, a YouTube channel named Liberal Doge live-streamed photos of Muslim women while ‘rating’ and ‘auctioning them. As Newslaundry noted, the owner of the channel, Ritesh Jha, also runs other YouTube channels and Telegram groups spreading hate content. There hasn’t been any penal action taken against Jha.
It’s also worrisome that this occurrence adds numbers to other similar incidents, when Muslim women — including journalists, actors, and activists — on the South Asian internet have been targeted repeatedly.