Taliban will be tweeting now about their activities, news infact, on Alemarah Web’s official twitter account.
Alemarah web which is the official website of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is available in different languages and publishes the news about Taliban activities and recent doings.
The twitter account, @AlemarahWeb went online back in the past and had been tweeting in Pashto only. But now, may be to broader the reach, Taliban have started tweeting in English as well.
@AlemarahWeb was supposed to be having around 230 followers two days ago. Seems like the stats have shown a steep curve resulting in 4583 fans now and increasing. While following only 4 twitter accounts now, which previously were 12 in number.
Account’s bio says:
alemarah-iea.net Is The official website of islamic emirat of Afghanistan
It merits mentioning here that when Taliban ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, almost all electronic products were proscribed as un-Islamic. Photographs of living things were prohibited, and ownership of a video player could lead to a public lashing.
Things have changed now and they are using almost every form of electronic media to fight their war. Be it an email or SMS at one end to publishing videos at the other, Taliban own their websites now.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told AFP:
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan joined Twitter about six months ago. We did it because we know Twitter is a popular social network in the West, and we want to make our voice heard. They used to hear only one-sided news about us from the invaders, but now they can know the reality. We regard modern technology including the Internet as a blessing of God.
Groups like these were already using social media, and facebook was the only place of its kind. Communities and groups of same thoughts were operating there under the same shade but this Twitter thing is somehow different. As Taliban spokesman said, they will be using internet now to attract more people, personally and what can be better place than twitter!