A new app available on Apple and Google platforms enables Saudi Arabian men to track and control their women.
Investigative reporter Laura Loomer at Big League Politics reports the app, Absher, is available from iTunes and Google Play stores.
It was initiated by the government of Saudi Arabia, which forbids women from traveling alone.
“As an app, Absher allows men in Saudi Arabia the opportunity to track and control where women travel, as it is Saudi law that every single woman must have a male ‘guardian’ i.e a husband, father, or brother when she travels or goes out in public. Women are not allowed to travel alone in Saudi Arabia and many other Muslim countries because in Islam, under Shariah Law, women are dictated to have less rights than men,” the report explains.
So far, more than 1 million copies have been downloaded.
Amnesty International is calling on the two big tech companies to withdraw the app, charging it aids harassment and discrimination against women.
Loomer recalled that in December 2018, the Anti-Defamation League presented Apple CEO Tim Cook with its “Courage Against Hate” award.
Cook said after accepting the award: “We’ve only had one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence. You have no place on our platforms. You have no home here.”
ADL says it “established the Courage Against Hate award to recognize courageous and visionary leaders from the private sector who are dedicated to fighting hate for good, boldly use their personal and professional brands to that end and inspire others to actively work to make the world a better place.”
“Cook has shown that a company can speak out on social issues and be even more successful and profitable than in the past. Through his efforts, he has significantly advanced ADL’s timeless mission to fight hate and secure justice and fair treatment to all. ”
Loomer commented that ADL and Cook clearly “have a partisan and distorted view of what ‘hate’ is.”
“If Cook truly believes in his own words about not giving a platform to those who wish to push hate, division, and violence, then why is he doing business with the Wahhabist Saudi Arabian government which operates according to Shariah law?”
She pointed out Shariah is the Muslim code that prescribes hand amputation for thieves, death for criticizing the Quran or Muhammad, death for leaving Islam, death for marriage to a non-Muslim, allows a Muslim man to marry an infant girl, and allows a man to divorce his wife with only a simple declaration.
Loomer also pointed out that last November, an Android app was launched enables Muslims to report people who insult Islam. It was released in Indonesia at the request of the government.
Along with Apple and Google, Twitter also is helping Muslim countries implement Shariah Law, Loomer reported.
She criticized the companies for allowing the app while censoring other voices, such as Alex Jones and Infowars.
An Apple spokeswoman said Jones and Infowars were removed under company policies that prohibit “offensive, insensitive, upsetting, intended to disgust or in exceptionally poor taste.”
“Progressive Big tech social media companies like Apple, Google, Twitter and Facebook have decided to sacrifice human rights and human dignity to promote the worst type of diversity possible, Shariah Law. How far will big tech let this go? As has already been well documented, these same social media companies have already made it their policy to ban anyone who criticizes Islam or opposes Shariah Law,” she noted.
Pamela Geller, an activist, author and blogger who speaks out against supremacist Islam, warned: “We are seeing an unprecedented erosion in our First Amendment rights, increasingly prohibiting the flow of ideas and free expression in the public square (social media). Run by left-wing self-possessed snowflakes, social media giants are indulging their worst autocratic impulses. And because they can, it is getting worse. ‘Absolute power corrupts absolutely.’
“This app is for Saudi Arabia, but it is consistent with Google’s overall policy of Shariah-compliance. It will be here before too long,” she said.