Hezbollah’s media arm, Al Manar TV, which is listed as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity” is exploiting yet another American technology company to reach and interact with audiences around the world.
Al Manar is using the services of a California-based instant messaging service called WhatsApp to deliver “breaking news” via text and to allow its supporters to interact with the station.
Al-Manar broadcasts Hezbollah’s messages of hate and violence, disseminates anti-Semitic and anti-American propaganda and glorifies suicide bombings to millions of viewers in the Arab world, Europe and South East Asia for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In July of 2012, ADL exposed Al Manar’s efforts to create free applications for smartphones available through iTunes and other online stores. The application was removed from the iTunes store and Hezbollah issued a statement blaming ADL for the removal of its applications.