Taliban seems to be very much interested in advancing their global efforts to reach out to more people. Therefore, as part of the resurgence effort, the group has reportedly come up with a new “Android app” to help with the organization’s public relations.
Bloomberg, citing SITE Intel Group, reported that Taliban’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahed explained the need for such an app by saying that it is "part of our advanced technological efforts to make more global audience."
The new Android app dubbed “Alemarah (Al Emarah)” has been written in Pashto, which is the official language of Afghanistan. The idea behind Alemarah app is to make Taliban’s views and agendas spread across the globe and in turn, gain supporters. This group apparently added the new app in Google’s Play Store last week.
Thanks to Google, Taliban’s new Android app has since been removed from the Play Store. Phone Arena citing Quartz says even though Google did not acknowledge the removal of the exact app, the search giant’s spokesperson reportedly gave the following generic reply -- "While we don’t comment on specific apps, we can confirm that we remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies."
It is worth noting that company policies, with regard to taking down contents, cover hate speech and terrorism-related propaganda. On the contrary, Taliban spokesperson Mujahed apparently said “technical difficulties” forced them to take the app down.
Taliban group already has a wide online presence. This group apparently manages Twitter accounts, websites, which reports in five different languages including English.