Taliban Pashto news app removed from Google Play Store

Taliban-app-removed-from-Google-storeThe Taliban group in Afghanistan has been massively using media for the publicity of the group’s insurgency, particularly using its online website and social media networks.

With the rampant insurgency led by the group during the past several months across the country, the Taliban militants opted to further intensify its media pressure by creating an application.

However, the group’s attempt was immediately curbed by Google after removing its online application from the Google Play store.

The application was facilitating access to the group’s Pashto website with the observers believing that the group had taken cues from the recruitment efforts of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

The Taliban media wing is actively operating and massively posts articles on its website and social media networks five languages, including English and Arabic.

The removal of the Taliban app from Google Play store comes as the observers have questioned on how the group made it through to post its app despite Google removes apps once they have been highlighted as dangerous or insecure.

“Our policies are designed to provide a great experience for users and developers. That’s why we remove apps from Google Play that violate those policies,” according to a statement by Google.

The application was discovered and reported by a US-based organisation called Site Intel Group which monitors jihadist activity. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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