Vlogger and Facebook celebrity Shabir Dad became a victim of online abuse, hateful and threatening messages after being mistaken for another man with the same name who was accused of sexually assaulting a child.
Shabbir dad, 36 from Desborough Road in Hitchin, was accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl and pleaded not guilty last month at Cambridge Crown Court.
This led many to wrongly accuse the Vlogger and Facebook celebrity Shabir Dad and the post was shared thousands of times wrongly pinpointing the vlogger as the man who had committed the heinous crime forcing him to release a video and publish posts trying to set the record straight.
Mr Dad, 42, said: “Somebody inboxed it to me, saying ‘is it true?’
“I said ‘I don’t know, it has nothing to do with me’.
“If my Facebook friends think it’s me, they are not my friends.”
“People kept sharing the link saying it’s me, swearing at me, making up lies.”
”It’s not me, it’s nothing to do with me,” he added.
“I don’t need it. It’s giving me a headache.
“People are still putting it on Facebook pages, but I just ignore them.
“It’s disgusting, the way people carry on.”
Mr Dad also pointed out that the man who had been accused had a difference in the spelling of the name and was 9 years younger than him.
Mr Dad was only vindicated after another page published a post informing everyone that the Shabbir Dad who had been accused of the crime had been remanded in prison and the vlogger Shabir Dad was ‘out and about.’
Mr Dad regularly makes shout out videos in exchange for donations to charity which people can deposit directly into the charities accounts rather than hand the money to Mr Dad.
He has said that to date he has raised over £10,000 for the Edhi Foundation charity in Pakistan using this method and has never took a penny for himself.
He said: “I don’t make anything myself.
“I just want to keep making videos for charity.
He added: “People shouldn’t post things without knowing the full story.”