A Four-Year-Old Muslim Boy Was Reported To Terrorist Watchdog For Talking About Fortnite

A Four-Year-Old Muslim Boy Was Reported To Terrorist Watchdog For Talking About Fortnite
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The Guardian reports that the British government’s Prevent system, a community terrorism watchdog brimming with baked-in racism, once received a tip about a four-year-old boy who was overheard talking about Fortnite, which resulted in police turning up at the family’s home.

The boy was reported in 2019, having been overheard after school saying his father had “guns and bombs in his shed”. Yet it was soon discovered through transcripts that he had simply been talking about weapons in Fortnite, having been watching his older cousin play the game and having his words taken wildly out of context.

The seriousness of the submission, and the innocence of the boy’s comments, have led to further criticism of the Prevent scheme, which relies on all kinds of “public bodies” (schools, clubs, doctors, etc) to “report concerns about radicalisation”.

The same story reveals that since 2016, over 2000 British children under the age of nine have been reported to Prevent, leading to fears that Muslim children are being unfairly targeted by the program.

“It’s…worrying that hundreds of children barely old enough to tie their own shoelaces are being profiled as potential future criminals based on things like the video games they play or the perceived views of their families”, Rosalind Comyn, policy and campaigns manager for Liberty, told The Guardian.

Comments

  • I wouldn’t be surprised this happens a lot more than reported, especially if you consider a game like CSGO or Rainbow Seige is about terrorists setting up bombs and taking hostages.

    Especially with some guild and team names on social media… like how a Fallout 76 guild got banned from Facebook cause they were calling themselves a militia.

    • There’s a significant difference between calling the government’s dob in a terrorist line to report a four year old kid, and guild names being blocked by a private company because they contain flagged keywords.

      • Yes… but still surprised either case doesn’t happen more often.

        We speak of kills and death so non-chalantly when it comes to games… that out of context its very disturbing to outside observers.

  • UK is the same country that was sending police to people’s houses over voicing complaints about lockdown measures or, even before COVID, talking about politicians they didn’t like on Twitter. Can’t say I’m surprised.

  • So a report was made, an investigation took place and all was well. This mind you, is in a country where terrorism attacks have actually happened.

    • A system that is set up from the ground to skew heavily towards harassing muslims resulted in the harassment of muslims because of completely innocuous things said by a child.

      But sure, a crime happened once so institutionalised bigotry is for your own good.

  • Reminds me of that dumb as fuck woman who reported a man on a flight as being a potential terrorist. All because she didn’t understand he was doing maths.

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