On November 21, 2016, an English-speaking ISIS supporter on Twitter tweeted a link to the Munich-based DocDroid content-sharing tool which directs users to a document containing all Islamic State (ISIS) videos released from September 2014 to September 2016, in various languages. The videos found at the link, in a 439-page document, span all ISIS territories and are hosted on Videopress. The Twitter account is a private account with over 100 followers.
The DocDroid tool describes itself as “a free online document uploading, conversion and sharing tool.” DocDroid is unique in that it does not require users to create an account or to provide personal details such as an email address. The platform emphasizes its privacy features, and advertises the fact that the documents uploaded are not publicly listed. It is very simple to use, and the uploaded content is accessed via the link that is created when the content is uploaded a link is embedded and posted on a social media platform. Under its privacy clause, DocDroid states, “We will not, under any circumstances whatsoever, give out or sell your files or documents to anyone.” According to the platform’s terms and conditions, the site is governed by German law and “the legal venue shall, if admissible, be Munich, Germany.”
The DocDroid website adds: “You are the only responsible for the files (e.g. PDFs) which you upload to the DocDroid service. One is reminded that the illicit exchanges of protected works as well as the hacking harm artistic creation. One is reminded that also non the respect of the laws in force, in particular those concerning the respect of the intellectual and artistic property, can give place to continuations and judgments. One is reminded that DocDroid has to give out your personal data (e.g. your IP address or email address) to authorities if it is required by law. DocDroid is meant for sharing personal, self-created documents. Any further use of DocDroid must be agreed upon. In particular, it is not allowed to upload the following documents:
- Harassment or publishing of personal data of 3rd parties
- Files that violate copyrights or link to such websites
- Spam, advertising, or documents that are created for SEO optimization
- Adult content
“DocDroid does not grant any rights to the shared files, as it only acts as a technical service provider. DocDroid is a free service, which does not offer any guarantee of any kind as for its use. DocDroid reserves the right to change or discontinue any of the Services at any time.”
The following is some of the ISIS content at the DocDroid link tweeted.
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