Osama bin Laden’s Facebook Fan Page Removed
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s Facebook profile has been shut down due to security issues raised within the United States.
In a statement issued by Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes, Facebook could not determine if the profile actually belonged to Osama bin Laden or if it was fake.
According to Fox News, Osama bin Laden’s Facebook page was called “The leader of the Mujahideen, Osama bin Laden”, and he used it as a platform to show videos and speeches to Islamic militants.
Reports state that the site contained numerous images, dozens of video clips of bin Laden and scenes from films issued by terrorist groups worldwide. One showed a group of al-Qaeda fighters undergoing training in Afghanistan, which was produced by the terror network’s official media arm As-Sahab Media.
Another showed a clip of bin Laden lecturing his followers in Afghanistan just before the 9/11 attacks.
“People often attempt to register fake accounts under the name of famous or infamous people, and we have a number of technical measures designed to prevent this behavior,” Fox News quoted Noyes, as saying.
“Sometimes these fakes do get through, but there is no evidence to suggest that the account in question or the other dozens of people who have tried to present themselves as Osama Bin Laden have any relation to the terrorist. As is our standard practice, we have disabled the account,” he added.
The account became active less than a month ago, but had already attracted nearly 1,000 extremists, and although the language used was Arabic, messages in English had started to appear.
Internet terror expert and author Neil Doyle said: “Bin Laden, via his supporters, is clearly taunting his pursuers.”
Social Media being used by criminals and organizations
I wrote back in November about how gangs in New York City were using private Twitter profiles to communicate with other gang members and set up rivalry battles throughout the city.
And now with the report of potentially Osama bin Laden using Facebook to communicate with his terror network, it is clear that social media is becoming the choice platform for communication and collaboration.