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Reports: IS Trafficking in Yazidi Slaves Via Social Media

The Associated Press is reporting that IS is advertising via encrypted messages the "sale" of Yazidi women, an ethnic group indigenous to Iraq that has been targeted by IS.

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  • IS advertises via encrypted messages the “sale” of Yazidi women, an ethnic group indigenous to Iraq 
  • The slaves are said to be held against their will and often subjected to rape as well as forced labour
  • IS kidnapped thousands of Yazidi women and children in August 2014 when it attacked their homes and villages in northwestern Iraq near the border with Syria

Members of the Islamic State group have started advertising women and children for sale on social networking applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Telegram, says reports.

IS trafficking women and children. Image Sources: www.bbc.com
IS trafficking women and children. Image Sources: www.bbc.com

The Associated Press is reporting that IS is advertising via encrypted messages the “sale” of Yazidi women, an ethnic group indigenous to Iraq that has been targeted by IS.

A spokesman for the U.S. State Department, John Kirby, told AP the United States continues “to be appalled by credible reports that Daesh [Islamic State] is trafficking in human beings, and sex slavery in particular.”

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“This depravity,” he said, “not only speaks to the degree to which Daesh cheapens life and repudiates the Islamic faith, it also strengthens our resolve to defeat them.”

Islamic State kidnapped thousands of Yazidi women and children in August 2014 when it attacked their homes and villages in northwestern Iraq near the border with Syria. Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by U.S. airstrikes have since recaptured some of that territory, but many children have been orphaned and many young women are believed to have been taken into slavery.

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The slaves are said to be held against their will and often subjected to rape as well as forced labor. While some women have escaped, they say the slaves are closely tracked and are often recovered, only to face punishment.

One escapee, Nadia Mourad, has spoken to U.S. and European lawmakers about getting more help for the Yazidis.

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“They are being used as human shields,” she told the European Parliament. “They are not allowed to escape or flee. Probably they will be assassinated. Where is the world in all this? Where is humanity?”

Telegram messenger. Image Source: www.independent.co.uk
Telegram messenger. Image Source: www.independent.co.uk

A representative for Telegram, a messaging app, said the company regularly removes public channels used by Islamic State and is committed to preventing abuse of the service. (VOA)

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YouTube videos can now be watched on WhatsApp messenger

WhatsApp launched a new feature which will allow you to watch YouTube videos in the messenger itself

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YouTube videos can now be watched in the WhatsApp messenger itself. Pixabay
YouTube videos can now be watched in the WhatsApp messenger itself. Pixabay
  • WhatsApp launched a new feature for iOS users
  • iOS users can watch YouTube videos on WhatsApp messenger
  • The feature requires a WhatsApp update to version 2.18.11

We all wished that we could watch YouTube videos while chatting on WhatsApp. Our wish has come true! WhatsApp has finally come up with a new feature for iOS users where they can play YouTube videos right within the WhatsApp messenger.

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All you need to do is update your WhatsApp version to the 2.18.11 update on Apple App Store, that brings bug fixes and general improvements, in order to remotely receive the activation of this feature.

This new feature is for iOS user only, it is yet to be launched for android. Pixabay
This new feature is for iOS user only, it is yet to be launched for android. Pixabay

Once WhatsApp is updated, you will be able to watch YouTube videos whenever someone sends you a YouTube link. You no longer will have to move out of the WhatsApp messenger to watch it.

To view a YouTube video on WhatsApp, users simply have to share or receive the URL in a chat and they will see the play button in a bubble.

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Earlier, when users clicked on the link, the YouTube video would open in YouTube app installed on the smartphones.

To use this feature you need to update your WhatsApp version to 2.18.11. Pixabay
To use this feature you need to update your WhatsApp version to 2.18.11. Pixabay

“Fortunately, WhatsApp has worked to allow videos not to be stopped when the user changes the chat,” WABetaInfo said.

The update is yet to come to Android and Windows users.

WhatsApp has over 200 million monthly active users in India and 1.2 billion users worldwide. (IANS)