Islamic State (IS) Asks Members Not to Use WhatsApp
Apparently these guys have now moved on to Russian social networks, Facebook, and Tumblr. Ugh. Please don’t pass on anything they post if you see it. Yeah, I know they’re horrible and there are people out there who delight in showing how awful some Muslims can behave, but helping this group disseminate their pathological propaganda is a really bad idea.
A jihadi forum associated with the Islamic State (IS) militant group has warned its members to avoid using the popular WhatsApp messaging application, citing security concerns. […]
The announcement warns that even though WhatsApp is a popular application for instant messaging, including among “ordinary Muslims,” it is not secure and is being used “in the war against the mujahedin.”
According to the announcement, WhatsApp is helping the National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to spy on users. Use of WhatsApp poses a threat to the sharing of information and pictures and a list of secure apps that can be used to share data will be released soon, the announcement says.
Considerable media attention has been given to the Islamic State group’s use of social media, including tools like WhatsApp, audio sharing site SoundCloud, and microblogging site Twitter. […]