Hizbullah Maneuvers To Remain On U.S. Social Media After Being Removed By Facebook, Apple, Droid

By: Steven Stalinsky*

August 22, 2012

Introduction

Yesterday, Hizbullah created two new Facebook pages for its Al-Manar TV, following Facebook’s removal of previous Hizbullah and Al-Manar TV pages. This maneuver is a new phase in Hizbullah’s efforts to maintain its social media presence. Similarly, Hizbullah has also created new unofficial Apple and Droid apps, after the official ones were removed from the Apple Store and Google Play.

Efforts to remove Hizbullah to social media begin on July 27, 2012, when MEMRI published a report titled 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 detailing how Hizbullah uses American social media for its outreach efforts and to disseminate information. Following the publication of the MEMRI report, Hizbullah’s iPhone and iPad apps were removed from iTunes, its Android app was removed from Google Play, and its Facebook pages for Hizbullah and for its Al-Manar TV station were removed; subsequently, MEMRI issued follow-up reports on the issue,[1] which led to another Hizbullah Facebook page being shut down.

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