A Cala-Phatebook for Daesh? Jihadis create social network
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group on Facebook was promoted in 2014 but has since been closed. (Screenshot: Facebook)
A social media network that imitates Facebook and Twitter was launched last Wednesday by Islamic State (Daesh) group supporters to enlist more fighters to the organisation's ranks.
"The first social media network for the Islamic State supporters" an opening message on the website's homepage read, saying the website is still in its initial stages, and called for supporters to spread the website on other social media networks.
"And may God be the reason to guide a Muslim the right way," the message said.
The new network hasn't yet attracted many users; few posts were published by it, and most were in the past four days.
The site's website regulations include four points, the first being that it prevents users to send any personal information to any other user or to the website administration. The second asks the users not to provide their personal photos.
The third point read that the network administration calls IS supporters to be patient towards any other user who doesn't support IS yet and the fourth requests reporting any users who make verbal offences.
Head of IT services company KIT Consulting, Khaled Kamal told Ahram Online that after running a geolocation on the domain name of the website, it turned out the web server hosting its content is located in the United States and registered by admin Abu Musab.
"The domain name was sold by GoDaddy co. on 3rd March, 2015 and it is licensed for one year," Kamal said via email.
The website administrator Abu Musab included the Iraqi city of Mosul as his city and Egypt as his country in the information he provided.
Many users of the network started to use hashtag trends such as #Islamic_State , #ISIS, Khelafa_Army and #first_post. Also, the website's administration mentioned that it's an independent site not affiliated with the Islamic State, but boasts full and absolute loyalty to the group and to anyone across the world who adopts IS's thought.
Abu Hamza Al-Masry, Abu Azzam, Abu Abdullah al-Husseiny, The Sunni Army (Algaish al-Sunni) and many others started to post pro-IS status's and hashtags on the website. The network doesn't allow a user to add, but users can follow others like on Twitter.
The Jihadi social network is providing the service in seven languages — German, English, Spanish, Indonesian, Javanese, Portuguese and Turkish.
The website server was slow and many accounts on it were down.
Ahram Online withholds the name of the network to avoid helping it recruit people for IS.
The Islamic State group controls expansive territory in Syria and Iraq, including Mosul, and militant Islamist groups in Egypt, Libya and Nigeria have pledged allegiance to it.
The group has come under media limelight as it published brutal footage — produced with Hollywood-like techniques — of killings of its opponents, including the beheading of 20 Egyptian Coptic workers in Libya and the burning alive of a Jordanian fighter pilot.
The group has reportedly attracted hundreds of foreign recruits.