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YouTuber Karim Jovian has denied spreading hatred on his Twitter-verified account despite posting a video falsely claiming to show a man “stabbed for being Muslim” just days before the so-called ‘Punish a Muslim Day’.
“What has happened to the UK?” asked the American-born actor and ‘professional prankster’ as he shared the video to his 81,000 Twitter followers before adding “Retweet this and make others aware. Please be careful out there.” His supporters duly obliged, reweeting the video around 4,500 times.
But for six long days, as Jovian’s following grew further on the back of his viral tweet, he seemingly ignored desperate pleas from a female relative of the man in the video asking for the post to be taken down. In her words, the incident was “gang-related” involving other Muslims and Jovian was simply “using the video for publicity”.
To be clear, any assertion that this video somehow showcased anti-Muslim hatred or violence is 100 per cent false and unadulterated fake news. The fact it was made by a star with such a huge ‘verified’ following makes it all the more shocking. In reality this was a gang-related stabbing in Sheffield around a month ago.
Shy Society led the protestations against Jovian’s false claims and highlighted the all-too-depressing social media trend which sees the truth buried – in this case the Muslim relatives plea with a measly 350 retweets – while fake narratives go viral to the masses.
Once most of the traction had subsided (almost a full week later to be precise), Jovian suddenly says he discovered the despairing pleas from the family after receiving a notification from Twitter. He finally deleted the video and then, publicly at least, apologised unreservedly and said he was “shocked at the mistake I made”.
But, as you can see from the below exchange, Jovian then messaged Shy Society privately to notify us that the video had been deleted and when he was challenged on spreading fake news to thousands of people, his apparently contrite exterior immediately evaporated before our eyes.
“You’re no different than me leaving your tweet up,” he alleged, completely ignoring the fact that our tweet had only shared screenshots – not the video – in order to call out Jovian’s actions which were at best reckless and at worst far more sinister.
Jovian, real name Karim Metwaly, then went on to say “I’m not the one who is spreading hate” before sensationally accusing Shy Society of being “anti-Semitic” and “against Muslims”.
Apparently ignoring the fact Shy Society is staunchly pro-Israel and go to great lengths to explain our position opposing Islamic doctrine but not all 1.8 billion Muslims who practice the faith, it appears Jovian is once again vocalising narratives with no basis in fact. His private outburst suggests the YouTuber is less sorry about spreading hatred to thousands of people and causing distress to the family involved, and far more sorry that he got caught in the first place…
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