Channels On Live Audio Social Media Site ‘Mixlr’ Sponsor Jihadi Activities

September 2, 2016

Mixlr is a social media platform launched in 2010, with an iOS mobile app released in 2012. Mixlr specializes in hosting chats with live-broadcast audio feeds.[1] The company is owned by British tech entrepeneur Greg Lloyd, who intended for the application to be used for live music broadcasts.[2] Users are able to find feeds they enjoy, and subscribe to them. Jihadi groups such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and Jabhat Fath Al-Sham (formerly Jabhat Al-Nusra) have also created channels on the site. These channels allow jihadi supporters and those considering joining the organizations to communicate in real time via audio feeds and written messages.

Part of the Mixlr terms of use forbid using the service to “upload, broadcast, share or submit… [c]ontent that is or may be interpreted as obscene… depicting violence (in a explicit, graphic or gratuitous manner) offensive, deceptive, threatening… menacing, hateful, [or] discriminatory…”[3] Although the terms of service are clear on the unacceptability of terrorist content on the site, Mixlr has yet to remove these channels from its database.

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Mixlr Page Honoring ISIS Spokesman Abu Muhammad Al-‘Adnani. This page, which is meant to share messages by Al-‘Adnani, currently has 0 followers.

The following are examples of Mixlr accounts that have been used to spread jihadi ideology online. The groups represented include ISIS, Jabhat Al-Nusra, and Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades:

Dawlat Al-Khilafa Al-Islamiyya (The Islamic Caliphate State)
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As of June 23, this page has 122 followers and a total of 2,814 total listens.

Qanat Dawlat Al-Khilafa Al-Islamiyya (The Islamic Caliphate State Channel)cjl9022
This page has 36 followers

Al-Khilafa Al-Islamiyya (The Islamic Caliphate)cjl9024
This page has 15 followers, and links its visitors to its page on Facebook.

Ansar Al-Khilafa Fi Al-Yaman (The Caliphate Supporters in Yemen)cjl9025
This page, dedicated to serving ISIS’ branch in Yemen, has 15 followers.

Al-Nusra Al-Jaza’iriyya Lil-Dawla Al-Islamiyya (The Algerian Support for the Islamic State)cjl9026
This page has 7 followers, and the profile image includes a reference to a Twitter username.

Ansar Al-Dawla Al-Islamiyya Fi Oropa (Supporters of the Islamic State in Europe)

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This channel currently has 3 followers.

Islamic State in Iraq and Ash Shamcjl9028
This channel has 1 follower.

Ansar Al-Khilafa Fi Bilad Al-Maghreb Al-Arabic (Supporters of the Caliphate in the Arab Maghreb Countries)
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This channel has one follower and links to a suspended Twitter account.

Radio Al-Khilafa Al-Islamiyya (The Islamic Caliphate Radio)cjl90210
This channel, seemingly meant to host ISIS radio transmissions, has 0 followers.

Al-Qassam
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This page has 81 followers, and 8,095 total listens. Its 5 “showreel items” are Al-Qassam songs mixed with dubstep dance music.

Jabhat Al-Nusra
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The page has 5 followers.

Ahrar Al-Sham
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This channel has no followers.

Osama bin Laden
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This page, second in a series of pages dedicated to Osama bin Laden, has 0 followers.
Endnotes:

[1] Techchrunch.com, December 20, 2012.

[2] Thenextweb.com, March 8, 2012.

[3] Mixlr.com/terms-of-use