The FBI has delayed the launch of a website and interactive game designed to help spot jihadis, amid fears it is racially profiling Muslims.
The game, called ‘Don’t be a puppet’, was supposed to go live on Monday but has been held back following widespread criticism of its concept.
No screenshots have been released of the website or game, but it supposedly features a puppet tied down by a host of strings. The player is given tips on how to spot an extremist, and with every correct answer provided they cut one of the strings.
Targeted at school pupils, the site was intended to be used in class as a teaching aid, but with its focus on Islam, critics believe it will cause bullying in schools.
Abed Ayoub, the legal and policy director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, told the International Business Times:
If this is shown to middle and high school students, it’s going to result in the bullying of these children.
They were getting blowback from everybody. It was a very tense meeting.
Given an epidemic of mass school shootings in America, the FBI has been criticised for having its priorities wrong.
The FBI has been further damned for its actions after a report from the 9/11 Review Commission stated that the agency is not the “appropriate vehicle for the social and prevention role in the CVE [Countering Violent Extremism] mission,”, suggesting other agencies such as the Department of Education should instead be undertaking the task.
Hard to argue with that. Maybe if the same effort was going into preventing gun crime as was going in to spreading Islamophobia, America would be a safer place?