Last weekend Muhammad Zakir Khan, an avid gamer and assistant professor at Broward College in Florida, booted up his PC and attempted to sign up for Epic Games’ MOBA-inspired Paragon beta. Unbeknownst to Khan, however, was that his name name—along with many others—is on the US government’s “Specially Designated Nationals list,” and as such was blocked from signing up.
“Your account creation has been blocked as a result of a match against the Specially Designated Nationals list maintained by the United States of America’s Office of Foreign Assets control,” read the form. “If you have questions, please contact customer service at”
Understandably perturbed, Khan tweeted a screen grab of the form saying: “@EpicGames My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist. #Islamophobia”
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