Facebook army game promotes Islamic Jihad - *UPDATE - CEO of Zynga Responds*

Digg my article"Armies" is a game on facebook, where players are allowed to create any team name they want with apparently no oversight by Facebook or Zynga. The following is a screencap of one of the army teams which has been created, "The Islamic Jihad Militants":

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There are many such Islamic Jihad teams (with members who in reality do support Islamic Jihad.) At this point, this particular team only has 4 members, but over time, this will grow and will continue to rally support for our enemies among international youth. Here's another one of concern, "When Terrorist Attack" (with 226 members):

The jihadist trends on the web are overwhelming and it's sad when these American companies do not seem to do much at all to curtail the problem----perhaps they are unaware of the psychological propaganda warfare in which their platforms are being used?

This would be the equivalent of engaging pro-Jihadist television programming broadcasted into homes for hours at a time. I'd imagine if that happened, there would be some sort of outcry---but apparently, anything goes on the internet?

Here is a list of other potentially problematic team names (which are bound to grow in membership over time) and we are sure there are even more:


Originally, I claimed that the Facebook Army game was developed by a company called Zynga. I promptly heard back from Mark Pincus, the CEO of Zynga, who wrote:

david, you just posted wrongly that my company, zynga, has developed the army game. this is our partner frozen bear. we are looking into your claim and plan to take action on this today.

thx for brining it to our attention. i hope you will update your blog post on this.



I would like to apologize to Mark and Zynga for this mistake. As you can see by the prominence of the Zynga name on the screen caps (and absence of th"Frozen Bear"partner name) I thought Zynga had developed it, but we are capable of being wrong and are learning new things everyday. We admit we are not exactly sure how the gaming industry is devised, but we fully commend Mark Pincus and Zynga for PROMPTLY responding and looking into the issue.


More of the exchange with Mark Pincus:

hi david, thx so much for your reconsideratino on this. i believe that my team has removed links to the armies app and asked them to remove our zbar from their app. i take support for terrorists very seriously and applaud your efforts to expose this.



Hi Mark,

Thank you for the correspondence and words of support.

I see the zbar is removed from the app, but it does appear that the problematic team names still exist. I am confused about the relationship between your company, "Frozen Bear" and the "Social Gaming Network" (sgn)

Perhaps you can enlighten me? Maybe there are other people with whom I should address the issue? I'll be discussing related items with Chris Kelly @ Facebook tomorrow. Not sure if it is better to go directly to the developers of Facebook apps or FB itself, but there are a lot of concerns on FB in general which (the promotion of Jihad and antisemitism) need to be addressed. The issue in the Armies game is MINOR in comparison. If you are interested, feel free to check this out:


thanks again for your expedience and concern over this matter.

Today at 9:44pm

here is the confusion

1. zynga is a game network. frozen bear is a partner, separate developer who shares traffic with our network

2. sgn is a different network who frozen bear also works with. sgn was happy to take the traffic of this game app which we have now refused due to your report. (david, you may want to point out that while zynga chose to take armies off its network, sgn seems to have no problem with it. this will cause the game to be take off their network too giving them a further incentive to edit the app).

3. you should def deal with the game devs and game networks. fb will not likely get involved unless someone is violating their tos.



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