Facebook shuts down Taliban account: Report

Published: December 11, 2012

The page had more than 270 likes, was recruiting enthusiasts to write for a quarterly magazine.

Facebook has shut down an account made by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to recruit enthusiasts to write for a quarterly magazine and to edit videos, reported Washington Post on Tuesday.

The Umar Media TTP page, which had more than 270 likes, appeared to have been created in September and had just a handful of messages written in English.

“Umar Media is proud to announce online jobs oppertunities (sic),” said the first post on the networking website, written on October 25.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan had confirmed to AFP by telephone that the faction was “temporarily” using the page “to fulfil its requirements” before launching its own website.

The TTP Facebook page described the publication as its “official quarterly magazine” and asked writers to submit articles “on (a) topic of your choice”, or on jihadi current affairs, history, Islamic movements or the plight of Muslims.

Reader Comments (13)

  • Ali Khan
    Dec 11, 2012 - 5:16PM

    very good step!!

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  • Dec 11, 2012 - 5:23PM

    Now Taliban apologists will start crying here…

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  • Ammar
    Dec 11, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Lol. Stupid Talibans should have made a fake account :p
    Ironically this is the same FB which hosts blasphemous cartoons and Talibans vowed to take revenge from cartoonists across the globe.

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  • Dec 11, 2012 - 5:31PM

    but that page was made by Rehman Malik :O

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  • brian
    Dec 11, 2012 - 6:36PM

    Where is the so called freedom of speech or expression given in the first amendment………….??????????????

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  • Lofted Shot
    Dec 11, 2012 - 7:00PM

    Ha! they would never had shut it down if the account was of actual Taliban – How they’re going to investigate their exercise with suspended account ? JOKE

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  • S K Afridi
    Dec 11, 2012 - 7:07PM

    What about the so called Western slogan of “Freedom of Expression” for every one.

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  • AA
    Dec 11, 2012 - 7:19PM

    Now the CIA can easily hunt these 270 people…

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  • Pessimist
    Dec 11, 2012 - 7:29PM

    brianan
    Where is the so called freedom of speech or expression given in the first amendment………….??????????????

    I was wondering when somebody would bring that topic up.
    Allow me to explain. The Taliban believe in killing those who do not follow their rules. I do not need to expain any further on why these people are scum. I didn’t visit this FB page but I believe they would regularly post non-sense there. That is NOT free speech. That is hate speech. Calling for someone to be killed, especially on a public forum, is anything but free speech.
    The blasphemous pages, however silly they are, do not incite hatred. Those people are just expressing their (ignorant) views. If they called for all Muslims to be attacked or killed, then you can classify it as hate speech and not freedom of speech.
    Rant over..

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  • Enlightened
    Dec 11, 2012 - 9:36PM

    Facebook has rightly shut down the account as it does not want to be a party to recruitment of potential suicide bombers and terrorists on its website.

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  • IceSoul
    Dec 11, 2012 - 10:42PM

    Aha, I see the anti-amreeka brigade has already started posting. The Taliban incite violence i.e. they are indulging in “fighting words”. The maker of the stupid video on the other hand has never called for anyone to be killed, nor recruited people to do the same.

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  • Something Clever
    Dec 12, 2012 - 12:09AM

    @Pessimist:
    It doesn’t need to be that complicated. Besides you’re talking to a simple minded type so you should keep it simple.
    @brian:
    Facebook can shut down any accounts they want. There is freedom of speech but there isn’t “right to a facebook account.”

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  • Kamran
    Dec 12, 2012 - 5:28AM

    I wonder if we understand FB is commercial page. Why ET making its publicity. Every time any one open FB he/She ass.0022 $ in Facebook account

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