The Pakistani Taliban is now using Facebook to hire people. According to AFP, the Islamic and militant group has set up a new Facebook page bearing the name Umar Media TTP. The account appears to have been created in September this year, and it currently has over 274 likes with around 28 people talking about the page as of this writing. Umar Media TTP has a handful of posts written in English.
The first post reads, “Umar Media is proud to announce online jobs oppertunities. Job discription is video editing, translations, sharing, uploading, downloading and collection of required data.” Another post, dated November 23rd, reads, “Dear brothers and sisters. ‘Pen is mightier than the sword.’ Now you have a chance to use this mighty weapon. ‘AHYAH-E-KHILAFAT’ is an official quarterly magazine of ‘TEHREEEK-E-TALIBAN PAKISTAN.’ Would you like to be a writer for ‘AHYAH-E-KHILAFAT?’ You can write to us on topic of your choice, or on jihadi, current affairs, history, islamic movements, plight of ummah, and etc.”
We’re not sure if the Facebook page is genuine, but AFP says that a Taliban spokesperson has confirmed via telephone that the page is being used by the group to “to fulfill its requirements” prior to launching a website of its own. The Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Intelligence Group also confirms that the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) indeed uses Facebook as a “a recruitment center.”
Image Credits: The Express Tribune