Google, Apple remove Hezbollah TV streaming app

Click photo to download. Caption: The Google logo. Credit: Google.(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Google and Apple have both removed a Hezbollah application for streaming video from its Al-Manar satellite television network from their respective app stores, tech media website CNET reported on Tuesday. 

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) wrote to Apple when it became aware of the app, and it was removed from the iTunes store July 29. A spokesman for Google told CNET on Tuesday that it had also removed the app from Google Play.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, welcomed the move, saying, “As the media arm of the terrorist group Hezbollah, Al-Manar is a source for anti-American and anti-Israel propaganda and messages of hate and violence. We commend Apple for removing the app from the iTunes store and appreciate their vigilance in ensuring that terrorist-affiliated organizations will not have access to Apple's customers.”

Al-Manar, the broadcasting arm of Hezbollah, had been advertising the app on its television network. The U.S. State Department included Al-Manar on its Terrorism Exclusion List in December 2004.

Posted on August 1, 2012 .