Aug 16, 2019

Home Office role in 'Woke' Muslim social network revealed

The Home Office is running a tailor-made social news network to help combat online radicalisation. On its pages, Woke describes itself as a "Diverse social news platform" that hosts "Critical discussions around Muslim identity, tradition and reform". The existence of the Woke network and who had created it was exposed by the Middle East Eye news organisation. The network is overseen by the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism which said it could not share more details about it with Middle East Eye because this would "Prejudice the national security of the UK". MEE talked to some people featured in videos on the Woke pages who said they did not know it was part of the Home Office's Prevent programme that seeks to counter radicalisation. The Home Office confirmed to BBC News its involvement with This is Woke and said: "We are committed to using all of the tools available to counter the threat from terrorism in the UK.".

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