Savages social media:
Online Jihadis Embrace Instagram (Warning: Graphic Images) MEMRI, March 14, 2013
Instagram is an increasingly popular social media company that allows users to share photos. The site boasts 90 million monthly active users, and says that its users post 40 million photos every day. Photos used on Instagram can be seen by visiting websites such as Statigram, which is a web viewer for Instagram that allows users to view and search photos.
Since MEMRI first began monitoring the site four months ago, there has been a tremendous increase of its use by online jihadis. A common theme of the photos that they post is images of and quotes by Al-Qaeda leaders such as Osama bin Laden, Anwar Al-Awlaki, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and many others. Another theme is the glorification of imprisoned jihadis: the Blind Sheikh Omar Abd Al-Rahman, Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and many others who have successfully attacked Americans.
Following the recent phenomenon of the dissemination of photos of dead jihadi "martyrs" on Twitter, many of the same images, and similar ones, can be found on Instagram.
According to Instagram's Community Guidelines, accounts found to share prohibited or illegal content, including photographs of extreme violence or gore, may be disabled, and Instagram "will take appropriate action, "which may include reporting [the user] to the authorities."
This report highlights some Statigram accounts that are jihadi pictures from Instagram – the most recent Western social media company infested by online jihadis, and violating its rules/guidelines.
Tagline: "Imran Khan." 616 photos, 1271 followers
Images: Osama bin Laden, Anwar Al-Awlaki, Mullah Omar, and others.
Tagline: "In Pursuit of Happiness." 68 photos, 12 followers
Images: The Blind Sheikh, Nidal Hasan, Anwar Al-Awlaki, and Al-Qaeda leaders and logos. This account also includes many images of dead jihadis.
"May Allah free our brothers by our hands" "Sins forgiven by the first drop of blood"
"The perfect smile!" "Those who tell the life of this world for the hereafter"
"What and ending! "What and ending!"
"Some have been true to their covenant with Allah." "Zubair al Libi (R.A)"
"Yahya al Libi (R.A)" "Anwar al Awalaki (R.A)"
"Zubar al Libi (R.A)" "Dirty French Kaffir killed by the Mujahideen in Somali"
"Ansar Al Dine – brother Killed by Kaffir French air strike." "The perfect smile."
"The perfect smile." "Mali."
"The perfect smile." "The perfect smile.
"The perfect smile." "The perfect smile."