Winning hearts and minds: Taliban says their app will be back in the Play Store 'soon'

Winning hearts and minds: Taliban says their app will be back in the Play Store 'soon'
The Taliban resurgence back in some Afghanistan provinces hasn't gone unnoticed by the State Department, the Pentagon, the Russians and even ISIS, not to mention the local authorities that are trying to fight their grand return. Thus, the Taliban are facing an uphill battle, and, as every self-respecting insurgency, are in need of some public relations effort to spread their message.

Winning hearts and minds these days means winning the digital message, or, as the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed puts it, "part of our advanced technological efforts to make more global audience," that is why the Taliban came up with their own Android app. Called Alemarah (Al Emarah), and written in Pashto language, the app aimed to disseminate the fundamentalist group's point of view, which, if the Taliban's Twitter account is any indication, consists of often made-up news, tailored statements, video footage and pseudo-analysis.

So far so good, but here comes the fly in the honey. As soon as Google found out that the Taliban have concocted a brand new app and managed to upload it to the Play Store without much trouble on Friday, the gang from Mountain View apparently pulled the plug without much ado. The only reply from Google's spokespeople were in the realm of "While we don’t comment on specific apps, we can confirm that we remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies." 

Well, these policies do include hate speech and terrorists content that propagates their "achievements," so it's not hard to fathom why Google brought Alemarah down. There is still hope for the Taliban's PR department, though, as, according to the group's spokesman Mujahed, the app has disappeared due to "technical difficulties," and should be back soon. We'll see about that - for a group that sniffs at cell phones and other decadent Western influence, the Taliban sure seem like a tech-savvy bunch.

source: Bloomberg & Quartz

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12 Comments

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Taliban will never be as good as Isis when it comes to publicity, simply because without the help of USA technologies. They only know how to slaughter kafir and that's that

5. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

US help for ISIS? Well, They did it by mistake. How innocent... But Russia is giving them nicely... taliban, shaliban or whatever, let them have their app. At least they will get busy using and playing with their apps... In my view, all of them need girl friend because all of them sounds too desperate...

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

he said "help of USA technologies", not the US itself.. maybe he talk about their neverending firearm, ammunition, and rocket supply.. they must get all of those from somewhere... I dunno tough, I;m not interested in this stuff, yet

14. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

According to Islamic doctrine women here are no match to "Houris' in "Jannat"(that too 72 houris in number), so you know why they don't make girlfriend over. Some moron pretty badly f**ked up their mind and deceived them in believing such s**t. They don't get them when they are alive nor when they die.

3. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

So their app got TaliBANNED?

21. jas0n

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

AAHHHHHHHHHH YEEEAAAAHHHHHH http://i.imgur.com/JGrkP74.jpg

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well crap, now I have to go watch that South Park episode... https://cdn.meme.am/instances/500x/37623836.jpg

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

They should use Blackberry Messenger instead... Highly encrypted and untraceable...! And besides, the once paid security features are now free, so it's better than ever! Or perhaps they should make their own OS...???

12. peace247 unregistered

All muslims are not terrorist but all terrorists are Muslims.

13. egyptian3030

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Really?? what about Hitler? Stalin? Mussolini?? and others Governors from US & Europe? Taliban reach to the government by democratic elections and it did not like US Pentagon as they did not allow american to use their lands for drugs and steal their resources, Taliban is a revolutionary group against US Conquest and I hope that you did not forget American war on Vietnam and how the local people fight against American to free their lands it is one of human rights all of us shall respect. Due to dictatorships governors supported by US Pentagon, this movements forced to fight against US Conquest in their lands and some of them make bad movements outside his boundaries which are not allowed by Islam to kill civilians and I disagree with them for this issue

17. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Those are dictators, not terrorists. Qnd no, they don't do it out of the whole "Muslims are better" B.S. They do it based on social standing and government. Look up the two terms. They are different.

26. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

John McVeigh wasn't a muslim, he was a christian, explain that one.

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