A Muslim prayer app that tells its users when to pray has reportedly sold user location data to a company that sells to U.S. military contractors.
In a report by Joseph Cox for Vice, it has been revealed that Muslim Pro, an app with over 98 million downloads, is being utilized by the military for "counterterrorism" purposes. The U.S. military has used, or continues to use two different data streams, Babel Street and X-Mode, to obtain location data. The latter of the two gets its location information from apps directly, which it has sold to contractors that include the military.
SCOOP: The U.S. Military is buying user location data harvested from a Muslim prayer app that has been downloaded by 98 million people around the world, is using this type of data for "counterterrorism"https://t.co/Qxpi7DxAOl
— Jason Koebler (@jason_koebler) November 16, 2020
Muslim Pro isn't the only Muslim-oriented app that has sent data to X-Mode, but it is the biggest. Another one of the apps that has been targeted is Muslim Mingle, a dating app that has been downloaded over 100,000 times.
Minnesota House representative Ilhan Omar criticized both the military and the companies behind the apps in a brief tweet on Monday. "The military industrial complex and the surveillance state have always had a cozy relationship with tech," she wrote. "Buying bulk data in order to profile Muslims is par for the course for them - and is absolutely sickening. It should be illegal!"
The military industrial complex and the surveillance state have always had a cozy relationship with tech. Buying bulk data in order to profile Muslims is par for the course for them - and is absolutely sickening. It should be illegal! https://t.co/kNqQXP9lCF
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 16, 2020
Check out what Twitter had to say about the report below.
Muslim Pro, the Muslim prayer app with over 98 million downloads is one of the apps connected to a wide-ranging supply chain that sends ordinary people's personal data to brokers, contractors, and the military.
I hate that I'm shocked but damn https://t.co/WNAcmcZEUQ
— Rowaida Abdelaziz (@Rowaida_Abdel) November 16, 2020
We need an Internet Bill of Rights. No one should live in fear of having their religious or dating info exploited by the US military. https://t.co/1tJRpNuFQX
— Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) November 16, 2020
I can’t believe Muslim Pro tried to shame us with those reminders, meanwhile they were selling our data lmfao peak fake righteous Muslim shenanigans
— Najma Sharif (@overdramatique) November 16, 2020
It's Muslim Pro, if anyone has that installed. https://t.co/HQyHEKZYwm
— Spooky Sailor Mer(Kaye)ry (@gildedspine) November 16, 2020
muslim followers pls uninstall muslim pro https://t.co/VNxuPZO5s9
— safia ☭ (@leftistexe) November 16, 2020
This is a HUGE deal for Muslims. So many people use this app for prayer times, Qibla direction, etc & they’re selling location data that military & other contractors have access to. If you work at Muslim Pro & want to talk to me anonymously pls reach out to me. Signal # in bio. https://t.co/jGQhucFvUO
— Johana Bhuiyan (@JMBooyah) November 16, 2020
THEY WAS MUSLIM PRO .. PRO FOR PROSECUTOR THIS WHOLE TIME 😫😫😫😫
— 𓂓 (@somalyqoraxda) November 16, 2020
“Did you hear that @MuslimPro is selling your data? You should delete that app sis. Instead, drop me your number and I’ll give you a call to wake up for fajr. I’ll never sell your data.” pic.twitter.com/t8VxgqSZ6k
— SD (@WhatsRuku) November 16, 2020
muslim: *opens Muslim Pro*
what the US military hear: pic.twitter.com/gYZm9aFKi3
— burner (@skengba) November 16, 2020
ATTENTION MUSLIMS: PLEASE DELETE THIS APP THEY ARE LOCATING UR LOCATION AND SELLING IT TO THE US MILITARY!!! PLS STAY SAFE YALL AND DELETE MUSLIM PRO https://t.co/MkkTV8g1ID
— hinata (@PALIBANS) November 16, 2020
this isn't just another "what's going on in x country" posts y'all scroll past—this shit is dangerous! the united states military is harvesting muslim location data, uninstall muslim pro and muslim mingle immediately!! https://t.co/fvSfRXdTFb
— dog (@SIBERIAND0GGY) November 16, 2020
me and the fellas after uninstalling muslim pro pic.twitter.com/DFkc7qd0yn
— Suleman (@namelus_) November 16, 2020
back to printing out prayer times for the whole month and sticking them on the fridge https://t.co/nzPc8cLbw8
— sumar 🇵🇸 (@butiliciouss) November 16, 2020
WTF Even? Our government gets more fascist every hour. https://t.co/DSaQEKLN7G
— gracioso diabloint (@graciosodiablo) November 16, 2020
how are they gonna take counterterrorism measures using data from an app we use to PRAY
— sam⁷ (@samatthetop) November 16, 2020
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