Hate preacher Anjem Choudary boasts of joining TikTok, raising fears he will attack children with despicable Islamist propaganda
- Anjem Choudary claims to be a member of the Chinese social network TikTok
- App is popular with teenagers, raising fears that it will attack them with propaganda
- Choudary also claimed to be a member of Snapchat and Pinterest and said he would post ‘Islamic’ to them and avoid ‘dancing and prancing’
- Hate cleric was recently banned from Twitter for violating site policies
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary boasted that he was a member of social media apps popular with children, raising fears that he plans to spread his despicable message to a wider and younger audience.
The 54-year-old cleric, who was jailed in 2016 for encouraging people to join ISIS, has signed up for accounts on TikTok, Snapchat and Pinterest, all of which are widely used by teenagers and schoolchildren.
Other social media accounts created by Choudary, who was released under license in 2018 but placed under strict rules that limited his ability to convert, have recently been closed, but he has since managed to rejoin. Facebook and Telegram, an encrypted messaging app.
Anjem Choudary has set up profiles on social media apps popular with kids and teens, including TikTok and Snapchat
Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, the shameless cleric boasted: ‘I’ve got them all in store.
‘I’m signed up for all of them… I stand for everything.
Choudary told the Mail on Sunday that he will post ‘Islamic’ on the apps and avoid ‘skipping around’
“There’s an endless list of things you can sign up for.
“TikTok is for uploading little clips and talks and doing conferences and stuff like that.
‘Obviously I’m going to do it Islamically. There is a lot of junk on some of these platforms because of the youth. Singing and dancing, jumping around. And I don’t feel like it.’
TikTok, owned by China, has nearly nine million active users in the UK and a total of one billion users worldwide.
Snapchat has over 21 million subscribers in the UK and nearly 300 million daily users around the world, while Pinterest has over 10 million users in the UK and a global reach of nearly half a billion.
After being warned by the MoS, Telegram shut down Choudary’s channel last week, but within days had opened another channel, called “Islam is the Answer,” on which he has written about Sharia.
He has also called for his mentor, the cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad, to be released from prison in Lebanon.
Choudary opened a new Facebook account two weeks after the company closed its first one. The page, which is called ‘A Call To Islam’, is described as a ‘personal blog’.
The father of four was banned from using the internet after his release from prison, but his license terms expired at the end of July, freeing him to preach online again.
Sam Armstrong, director of the Henry Jackson Society think tank, said: “It’s appalling that Choudary is now using apps like TikTok to target young people.
“It shows that he can access vulnerable young people and turn them into extremists.
“He should not use social media in this way.”