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Taliban Gets Tech Savvy, Google Removes App From PlayStore
Militant group Taliban notoriously uploaded an app on the Google Playstore in order to expand its reach. The app was first noticed by SITE Intel Group, a website dedicated to monitoring social media activities of the Jihadist groups. The app was quickly taken down by Google authorities.
This is a serious matter. The fact that Taliban who was ousted from Afghanistan back in 2001 with the help of the US government under Bush's command has found new ways to spread it's jihadist message. The war has been going on for over 14 years, and now Taliban is looking at new ways like apps to penetrate a user base that is only growing by the day.
This is one of the first such incidences and a probe has been launched to see if there is a pattern. The group is already infamous for using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter for spreading their propaganda and recruiting new young but misguided youngsters into their camp.
Their ability to use these platforms shows an inherent flaw in the system. The very technology that is supposed to make our lives better is being used as a platform to spread terror and violence. Social media platforms, especially Twitter has been criticized many times for its lack of action on these activities, and now Google's inability to filter such apps only makes this situation worse.
So what makes Google Playstore an easy target? For one, unlike Apple which approves every single app submitted on the platform manually, apps on the playstore are accepted automatically after they are scanned using softwares. Google team intervenes and manually scans the app in case someone files a complaint. This lax of security creates opportunities for groups like Taliban to slip through.