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‘Interschools WhatsApp ISIS Group’ Warning is a Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

According to a message being shared via WhatsApp and social media sites, you should not join a WhatsApp group called ”Interschools” because it belongs to Daesh (ISIS).  

The message claims that, if you do join the group, you will not be able to leave. It asks that you send the information to your “relatives and children on whatsapp” so that they will be aware of the threat.

An Example of the Message

There is a ‘whatsapp group called ‘Interschools, if invited, don’t join the group, it belongs to Daesh(ISIS). If you join the group you will not be able to exit from it, be vigilant, please inform others, send it to your relatives and children on whatsapp so that they will also be careful.

The Warning is a Hoax

However, the warning is just a pointless hoax. While a WhatsApp group of that name may possibly exist, there are no credible references that a sinister ISIS WhatsApp group is somehow entrapping people.  There is no mechanism by which a group creator can stop you from leaving a group that you have joined.

There are also no credible news or police warnings about such a group.

Moreover, if Daesh (ISIS) does operate WhatsApp groups, its seems unlikely that the organisation would be randomly sending out group invitations to ordinary WhatsApp users.

Variant of an Earlier Hoax Warning

In fact, this warning message is just an updated version of the following hoax message, which began circulating around April 2017:

There is a watsapp group called ‘Firdaus we ascend’, if invited, don’t join the group, it belongs to Daesh. If you join the group you will not be able to exit from it, be vigilant, please inform others – send it to your relatives and children on WhatsApp so that they remain careful.

Passing on nonsensical warnings such as these will help nobody and will only cause confusion and spread fear and alarm. If you receive one of these bogus warnings, do not spread it further by sharing it with others.

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These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

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Brett Christensen,