February 13 2019

Coming to US and Canada: Saudi Men Can Track Women with New App on Apple iTunes and Google

A new app available on Apple and Google platforms enables Saudi Arabian men to track and control their women. Investigative…

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. (Read More)