There’s an app for that… Google Play takes down Taliban app

Published April 5th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Google Play doesn't play around with hate speech. (Shutterstock)
Google Play doesn't play around with hate speech. (Shutterstock)

Aimed to spread propaganda and hate speech, Taliban’s app has been removed from the Google Play Store for Android smartphones and tablets, a British newspaper reported on Monday.

Called "Pashto Afghan News - alemarah", the application displayed Taliban’s news and videos. It was discovered on Friday and taken down shortly afterwards, the Telegraph said.

Google's rules on hate speech do not allow apps that advocate against groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

But a Taliban spokesman told Bloomberg it "is part of our advanced technological efforts to make more global audience", but said it had been removed due to "technical issues".

A Google spokesman was quoted as saying they did not comment on specific apps. “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."

By S.Muddasir Ali Shah

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