Hizbullah Circumvents August 2012 Bans By Apple And Google And Violates U.S., Dutch Law By Providing Ways To Download Its Apps For iPhone And iPad – Via Its Website – And For Android – Via The Netherlands-Based Aptoide And The TX-Based WhatsApp

By: Steven Stalinsky and R. Sosnow*

February 8, 2013

Introduction

In its July 27, 2012 report Designated Terrorist Organization Hizbullah Makes Extensive Use Of U.S. Social Media – Apple iTunes, iPad and iPhone, Google, Android, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter – In Violation Of U.S. Law, MEMRI detailed how Hizbullah uses U.S.-based social media.

Following the publication of this MEMRI report, Apple removed Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV’s iPhone and iPad apps from iTunes, Google removed Al-Manar TV’s Android app from Google Play, and Facebook removed Hizbullah’s two Facebook pages (see MEMRI Report on Hizbullah’s Use Of U.S. Social Media Companies Leads To Facebook, Apple, Google Removing Their Content; Twitter And YouTube Still In Violation Of U.S. Law, August 2, 2012).

After its removal by Apple, Google, and Facebook, Hizbullah announced, on August 2, 2012, that it would find other ways to deliver the “message of resistance.” In a report dated the same day, the Al-Manar website quoted an “Al-Manar website supervisor” as saying that “the media war began as soon as we signed up for the Facebook site about five years ago. Five accounts were deactivated during this period” (see Following MEMRI Report And Its “Expulsion” From Apple, Google, Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV States: We’ll Find Other Ways to Deliver “Message of Resistance,” August 6, 2012).

The following are Hizbullah’s attempts since then to disseminate its apps by circumventing the Google Play and Apple Store bans.

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