Taliban Urges Supporters to Use Texting App To Get Jihadi News

Officials concerned about surveillance challenges with new apps.

The statement included an Afghan mobile number that appeared to be from MTN Group, a South Africa-based telecommunications firm offering mobile services in the country. However, the numbered account was dismantled by WhatsApp because it did not comply with the app’s terms of service, a spokesperson for WhatsApp told ABC News Friday.

Apps made by companies that do not archive messages are viewed as the most desirable to terrorists.

The apps also use wireless networks, rather than phone networks, meaning the only records of messages are in the phones of the parties sending and receiving, which makes surveillance of those communications difficult if not impossible, officials have told ABC News.