Osama bin Laden Facebook page draws many ‘fans’

April 19th, 2010 - 5:07 pm ICT by admin  

By Michael van Poppel
Osama bin Laden Facebook page PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA (THAINDIAN NEWS) — Facebook on Friday shut down a page supposedly created by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, ABC News and an Arabic language news website reported, after the page had drawn more than 1,000 fans.

The page - which referred to bin Laden as the “Prince of Mujahideen,” and set his location to the “mountains of the world” - was created on March 25. The page contained speeches, recordings and texts released by Al-Sahab Media Group, which is al-Qaeda’s media wing, and a profile photo of bin Laden that is often seen in the media. As to the reference of “mountains in the world,” Bin Laden is believed to be hiding in the mountainous area that stretches across Pakistan and Afghanistan.

But it is unlikely that the page was actually created by bin Laden or people close to him. Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes, as quoted by ABC News, also said it was unlikely that anyone associated with bin Laden created the page, saying people people often attempt to register fake accounts under the name of famous and infamous people. He said dozens of people have tried to present themselves as Osama bin Laden in the past.

Facebook has records of email and IP addresses associated with profiles and groups, and often works with law enforcement across the world. But spokesman Noyes, according to ABC News, declined to say if there would be any investigation into the account or its 1,000 followers.

Osama bin Laden is the leader of al Qaeda, the terrorist group that is believed to be responsible for carrying out the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States. Terrorists hijacked four passenger planes and crashed them into three targets; the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth airliner - United Flight 93 - crashed in a field in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to regain control of the aircraft.

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