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Cross The Line Social Media App Launched

A social media app using smartphone technology has been launched this week by colleagues in Bedfordshire Police Prevent and is available for anyone to use. 

Cross The Line is a hard hitting web app which uses social media to put the user directly in the centre of the action, through the use of information from the individual’s personal profile, alongside video and social media messages.

The app takes the user on a journey which sees their persona getting drawn into the extreme right wing, before quickly escalating into violent hate crime in which they are the suspect.
The user has a number of choices to make within the app which influences the steps they take and decides whether they eventually ‘Cross the Line’. The aim of the initiative is to highlight how to recognise the signs they are being influenced or controlled by others– and to educate young people about the consequences of being drawn into extremist ideology.

The app also addresses the social divides that extremism in all its forms can create, tackling the issue of hate crime that can sadly result from community tensions.

The under-reporting of hate crimes and hate incidents remains one of the biggest challenges faced by police nationwide, and there is still more work to do to encourage victims to speak out.

Ivan Humble, a former right wing activist group organiser who has endorsed the app, says: “Cross the Line is all about giving someone the choice, before making a mistake.

“I wish the Cross the Line app had been around when I was younger, as I think it would have given me a chance to see what I might be getting into before I actually made the mistakes that I did.”

Humble renounced extremism after a chance meeting with members of the Muslim community, and now works to encourage people to leave far right-wing organisations.

“I now see how my actions in the past divided communities, which is what drives me to put the wrongs that I did right, bring the communities back together and help destroy the ‘us’ and ‘them’ vibe, which doesn’t get you anywhere at all.” Watch Humble describe his story here  

The new app is being promoted through social media channels. Those who want to see if they would ‘Cross the Line’ can go to www.crosstheline.co.uk

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism and is one of the four elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

It aims to stop people becoming drawn into extremist or terrorist activity, using a range of measures.

Anyone with a friend or relative who they feel may be in need of help, or who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, is urged to contact their local police for support and early intervention.

Additionally, anyone who experiences hate crime is urged to report the matter to police on 101.

 

Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321
In an emergency, always dial 999

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