Woolwich ‘hoax killing’ video removed from Met Uni Islamic Society’s Facebook page
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A controversial video claiming the killing of a soldier in Woolwich was “a government hoax” has now been removed from the Facebook page of London Met University’s student Islamic society.
The society, which runs a Prayer room at the university City campus’s Calcutta House in Old Castle Street in Whitechapel, removed the video yesterday after being exposed in the national press.
A six-minute clip on YouTube showing the suspects involved in last month’s stabbing of 25-year-old drummer Lee Rigby had added captions alleging conspiracy and claiming he may not even have died.
The video, viewed by 300,000 people, appeared on the Islamic student society’s Facebook page showing one of the suspects before police arrived, with a caption asking: “Where is the blood on his hands that is seen on most of the other videos?”
It then shows a journalist describing the incident, with a derogatory caption while claimed the reporter’s account was “fabricated.”
The Met University today was quick to distance itself from the video. It issued a statement declaring: “Views expressed by students or student societies, including social media, do not represent those of the university, which is committed to ensuring all its students are free to study in a safe and secure environment.”
Mystery surrounds who was responsible for the derogatory subtitles which also claimed the crime scene was covered in “fake blood”.
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A phone number for the Islamic society is no longer listed by the university’s switchboard. All calls were being referred to the Media office, which said the society could not be contacted.
The Student Rights anti-extremism think-tank, meanwhile, has urged university authorities to be aware of “this kind of activity” where extremists get access to mass social media.