How to Trick Venmo Into Thinking You're a Terrorist
Much like yelling "I have a bomb!" in front of a police officer, using certain words or phrases online can often end badly. Now we have one more slangy acronym to add to the list of shit you can't say on the internet.
that typing "idek"-short for "I don't even know"-into the memo box in
Gizmodo, too, received the same result when we tried it out:
So why is a perfectly innocuous acronym causing so much drama? A Venmo representative pointed to the company's desire to help protect national security. "We need to ensure that we are also moving money to and from people in a way that complies with regulations that are designed to protect our national safety, economy, and security," a spokeswoman said in a statement emailed to Gizmodo. In other words,
She added that the company keeps track of any behavior that flies in the face of American trade sanctions, as well as activity that might tie into the
Specially Designated Nationals
list, a lineup of individuals or groups associated with terror or drug trafficking activity, among other things.
In this context, "idek" is actually an acronym for Islami Dawat-e-Kafela, also known as Harakat Ul-Jihad-i-Islami- a known terrorist group . In other words, your lack of a creative description is making the Venmo sensors peg you as a terrorist or a terrorist sympathizer.
This certainly isn't the first time we've seen Venmo monitor for supposed terror-related activity: You also can't
joke about Syria
[ The Verge ]