The Taliban's Android App Didn't Last Long on the Google Play Store

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

It’s back to the drawing board for the Taliban’s digital team. The group’s Android app Alemarah has been pulled from the Google Play Store just a day after launch, and nobody knows why. Just kidding. Though Google’s been keeping its lips sealed, it’s almost certain that the app violated a Google app policy prohibiting hate speech.

Alemarah was reportedly filled with a bunch of official updates and videos from the Taliban, with all content presented in the Pashto language. It was largely image-based and easy to navigate, with simple swipes and finger taps allowing you to jump from training exercise to angry speech to public execution to old footage of leaders shaking hands and laughing with western government officials to training exercise (okay, we made that entire bit up).

Zabihullah Mujahed, a Taliban spokesman, blamed “technical issues” for the app’s disappearance, but said it would be back shortly, describing Alemarah as "part of our advanced technological efforts to make more global audience.” Look out for it in future editions of our best apps roundup. [Bloomberg]