One leading member of the Taliban might not be much of a fan of the United States, but he clearly enjoys using its social media technology. And it enjoys using him.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweets under the username @zabihmujahid, sending messages to his more than six thousand followers multiple times per day. In fact, he’s sent almost five thousand tweets since August 2012.
On Friday, Mujahid added to this tally with some additional missives. This time, however, it appears he accidentally turned on Twitter’s geolocation tracking, revealing that his tweets were coming from Sindh, in Pakistan, and not from Afghanistan where he was assumed to be based.
نورستان : کامديش کې ۳ پوستې فتحه او ۱۴ عسکر ووژل شول: http://t.co/CzDLvRWS7E
— zabihullahmujahid (@zabihmujahid) October 2, 2014
After being alerted to the error by friends, Mujahid switched off the geolocation tracking, and then dismissed the revelation as part of an “enemy plot”.
“My Twitter account has been manipulated – as part of weak efforts of enemy plot, it showed that I am based in Sindh of Pakistan, I call this attempt as fake and shame,” he tweeted.
“Now, the enemy’s fake act has been exposed, and with full confidence, I can say that I am in my own country.”