Islamic State alternative to Facebook gets bumpy start




 
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March 10th, 2015  
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Topic: Islamic State alternative to Facebook gets bumpy start


Facing a ban from mainstream online social networks Facebook and Twitter, supporters of the Islamic State appear to have launched their own "caliphate book." But 5elafabook.com was offline on Monday just a day after its launch and its Twitter account was suspended, highlighting the challenges faced by backers of the ultra-violent militants based in Iraq and Syria in spreading their message and recruiting online. The amateur page showed a map of the world dotted with Islamic State's trademark Arabic insignia and was crafted by Socialkit, a program that lets users produce do-it-yourself social networks. A banner message in its current form said it had temporarily suspended operations to "protect the information and details of its members and their safety." "5elafabook is an independent site and not sponsored by the Islamic State. "There is no secure website, even if it did belong directly to the Islamic State, because the servers are controlled by the governments, which can take all the IP addresses of those who visited the website," said a user calling himself Taqni Minbar.




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