Technology – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Mon, 04 Apr 2016 09:47:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Google bans Afghan Taliban app for hate speech Mon, 04 Apr 2016 09:45:25 +0000 taliban

Google has removed an app developed by the Taliban from the Google Play Store for Android smartphones and tablets, designed to spread the militant group’s propaganda.

The app, “Pashto Afghan News – Alemarah”, displayed news and videos developed by the Taliban. It was discovered on Friday and taken down shortly after.

It violated Google’s rules on hate speech, which say: “We don’t allow apps that advocate against groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity”.

A spokesman for the insurgent group told Bloomberg it “is part of our advanced technological efforts to make more global audience”, but said it had been removed due to “technical issues”. 

The app displayed messages in Pashto – a language used in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan – while Alemarah is the name of a propaganda network used by the Taliban.

“While we don’t comment on specific apps, our policies are designed to provide a great experience for users and developers. That’s why we remove apps from Google Play that violate those policies,” a Google spokesman said.

The Taliban has made repeated efforts to spread its message over the internet, although websites and social media accounts are routinely taken offline.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has proven adept at spreading its message online, included launching its own app, although it has been thwarted in several attempts to distribute propaganda. 

Twitter and encrypted messaging app Telegram have removed ISIL accounts for violating their terms and conditions, while hacking group Anonymous has declared “total war” on the group.

The Taliban has recently rejected the opportunity for fresh peace talks between representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US.

There are more than 2 million Android apps on Google’s Play Store, according to figures from AppBrain, with half a million added in the last year, and thousands of new ones are submitted every day, creating a challenge in moderating the service.

Written by: Telegraph

Awcc presents 3G internet services to its customers Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:56:22 +0000 111

Officials in Afghan Wireless Communication Company Awcc said,” we provide standard World services to our every single customers across Afghanistan.”

Acting Ministry of Technology and information Barialay Hessam said,”the Awcc 3G will provide better internet services in the country.”

Head of the AWCC Amin Ramin during the inauguration ceremony has said,” we will expand internet services by presenting 3G full speed internet in Afghanistan.”

Mr Barialya Hessam during his speech said,” Afghan Wireless Communication Company has always tried to provide internet services with great quality for its customers.”

The lower house secretariat Eng,Sayed Ikram has admired the AWCC activities and thanked it because of opening jobs opportunities for Afghans in Afghanistan.

Its said that Afghan Wireless Communication Company AWCC is the first and biggest communication company in Afghanistan which is actively providing communication services and internet in 34 provinces and has 4 million customers.



AWCC Receives Banking License From Central Bank Tue, 27 May 2014 07:58:43 +0000

The central bank of Afghanistan –Da Afghanistan Bank—on Monday issued the banking license to Afghan Wireless Communication Company AWCC.

The license issued as AWCC has launched “My Money” services allowing transfer of money through mobile phones, purchases, bill payments and other online payments.

The My Money services has already been launched in cooperation with Kabul Bank and Maiwand Bank, AWCC director Amin Ramin told a joint press conference with Central Bank director.

“Everyone can use this service through their AWCC mobile phones and this is easier than texting. AWCC is making strong efforts to provide telecommunication services in each and every corner of Afghanistan,” Ramin added.

The Central Bank director Noorullah Dilawari appreciated the My Money services, saying with this service more than 90 percent of citizens would have access to banking services.

Dilawari stated currently less than 10 percent of entire Afghan population had access to banking services.

Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) is the first and largest telecommunication company in Afghanistan operating for more than a decade in the war-hit country.