The Observatory for Monitoring Takfiri Fatwas and Extremist Ideologies at Egypt's Dar Al-Iftaa said in a statement on Sunday that the terrorist group ISIS has created a new mobile application on Google Play and the App Store called ‘Because Communication Matters.’
According to the observatory, the terrorist group uses this application to promote its ideology and attract more supporters.
The observatory said that ISIS created this application after an online campaign against it succeeded in shutting down around 26,000 accounts belonging to the group on different social media platforms.
The observatory believes that this led the group to create the new app outside of the common social media platforms
The observatory explained that the new app guarantees users full confidentiality, and that it is well-shielded against any possible infiltration by security agencies.
According to the observatory, the application can host around 10,000 users, and is able to store videos and transfer encrypted information.
The observatory’s statement referred to a report by VICE News, which says that since last week the group has created around 10 channels and pages on the application, and that some of them have over 100 followers.
The observatory said that ISIS is also using the application to collect more funds in Bitcoin.
The observatory warned from the dangers of such a development in the group’s communication techniques, especially as it is currently trying to reorganize itself following the death of its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.