ISIS Launches First Official Android App to Broadcast Terror
ISIS has launched its first official Android app: an app for the terror group’s al-Bayan radio that is broadcasting the terror group’s propaganda.
Vocativ deep web analysts discovered the app, which is being distributed by the group’s supporters on social media and ISIS forums. It allows listeners to tune in to live broadcasts—yet another way ISIS is distributing its messages to sympathizers worldwide.
“The launching of an app for al-Bayan radio is an amazing project,” a ‘loyalist’ wrote on Twitter. “We (used to) chase links for the radio but now it’s in our hands at every moment.”
The app can’t be downloaded through the Google store but can only be installed with AKP files that are circulating online among the terror group’s loyalists, Vocativ found. Alongside links for downloading the app, ISIS supporters called on “brothers from outside the land of the caliphate” to use it—a reference to the territories the group controls in Syria and Iraq.
The release of the app comes months after ISIS’ semi-official news agency Amaq launched a mobile platform in November. But unlike Amaq, al-Bayan radio is an official ISIS propaganda wing, primarily broadcasting religious segments and daily “news” programs in various languages.
ISIS has used al-Bayan radio in the past to broadcast its claim of responsibility for the Texas shooting, last May. It has also become an important source for updates about the terror group. Aside from now being available online, the radio station is using FM frequencies to reach across Syria, Iraq and Libya, ISIS has claimed in its weekly magazine.