Report: Taliban App Pulled From Google Play

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An Android app created by the Taliban has been pulled from the Google Play store.

The app was developed by the Islamic fundamentalist group in an attempt to increase visibility—and spread propaganda. According to Bloomberg, the Pashto-language app contained official statements and videos from the militant group.

It "is part of our advanced technological efforts to make [a] more global audience," a Taliban spokesman told Bloomberg. He also insisted the app was removed due to "technical issues," and would return to the store.

But according to Site Intel Group, which monitors jihadist online activity, the app was taken down because it violates Google's app policy prohibiting hate speech.

"Our policies are designed to provide a great experience for users and developers," the company said in a statement to PCMag. "That's why we remove apps from Google Play that violate those policies."

The Taliban also has a website and runs Facebook and Twitter accounts, which have been disabled multiple times by the Afghan government, Bloomberg reports.

Five years ago, the collective threatened revenge against U.S. cell phone companies for allegedly hacking into its phones and websites to announce that its spiritual leader had died.

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