Apple won’t remove app criticized for being tool for radicalization

An app that is available through the App Store has been criticized as a tool designed for radicalization.

The “Euro Fatwa” app was created for the European Council for Fatwa and Research. This organization was founded by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is considered the chief ideologue of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi has been banned from the U.S., in addition to France and Britain. This is as a result of his extremist views, which includes supporting suicide bombers in Israel. The Euro Fatwa app includes anti-Semitic content, among other objectionable material.

While it stops short of explicitly supporting terrorism, the app does note that, “terrorism does not cover in its remit permitted forms of legal resistance against foreign occupation by all available means, including armed resistance.”

On the App Store, the Euro Fatwa app is described as:

“a simplified and concise Fiqh guide issued by the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) to enable the European Muslims to adhere to the regulations and manners of Islam and to fulfill their duties as Muslim citizens, while taking care of the legal, customary and cultural specificities of European societies.”

A building block to radicalization

Google removed the app last month. However, it is currently still available in the App Store. It has reportedly been in the top 100 downloads in one-third of European countries since launching.

Germany’s domestic security agency has described the app as a, “a building block in the process of radicalization.” But it seems that Apple disagrees. In a statement reproduced in the Sunday Times (paywall), it said that: “Our guidelines require that apps don’t contain upsetting or offensive content. We reviewed the app and did not find a violation of our guidelines.”

Apple has recently been cracking down on content that it believes is objectionable. This notably includes apps promoting Alex Jones, the right wing conspiracy theorist who runs InfoWars. This prompted Jones to be banned from a variety of other tech platforms.

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