Pro-ISIS WhatsApp Group Boasts Members From U.S., U.K., France, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Turkey, Indonesia, Philippines

August 4, 2016

An Arabic-language WhatsApp chat group includes 256 Islamic State (ISIS) supporters from around the world. The chat group can be joined through a specific invitation link that was distributed on Telegram. Most of the group members, including the administrators, have phone numbers with the Syrian country code. Other group members are from the U.S., U.K., France, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Indonesia, and the Philippines.  The cross-platform mobile messaging app WhatsApp allows users to communicate with individuals or with multiple individuals; photos, videos, and audio files can be sent through it. Participants’ phone numbers are visible to other participants. In April 2016, WhatsApp announced that it had added an end-to-end encryption feature to the app.  

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