September 26, 2020
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The Taliban Made an Android App

  • By Developer.com Staff

The Islamist fundamentalist group the Taliban created an Android app that promoted propaganda for the organization, and it was live on Google Play for two days before the app store removed it. A Taliban spokesperson said the app was "part of our advanced technological efforts to make more global audience." The app offered text and videos in the Pashto language.

Google eventually pulled the app from Google Play because it violated their guidelines that forbid apps promoting hate speech, violence and illegal activities. Some in the mobile development industry are saying that the fact that it took Google two days to get rid of the app points to problems with the company's app review process.

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This article was originally published on April 5, 2016

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