Wednesday 28 January 2015

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad joins Instagram


Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, has launched a new propaganda arm, on the popular online photo-sharing platform Instagram.
Set up just last week, the account provides his followers with pictures of Assad and his wife happily touring the war-torn country.
The account features numerous pictures of the Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad, who grew up in Britain before marrying Mr Assad in 2000.
The account was only launched last week, around the same time that the Syrian civil war's death toll surpassed 100,000 bodies, a rate of 7,000 deaths per month.
Despite the account only having existed for one week, it has already uploaded more than 50 photos and garnered over 1,200 subscribers.
Instagram is a social media platform which allows users to change the appearance of their photographs using a selection of filters, effects which change the photographs to give a more ‘polaroid’ look. Few, if any, of President Assad’s photos appear to have been altered.

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