White House: Assad's Instagram 'Despicable'

@StateDept will not be retweeting

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 1, 2013 6:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – Ever abreast of the big issues facing a war-torn country like Syria, the US State Department has delivered a stern rebuke against President Bashar al-Assad's Instagram account, labeling it "nothing more than a despicable PR stunt," ABC News reports. In a press briefing, a department spokesperson told reporters:

  • "It’s repulsive that the Assad regime would use this to gloss over the brutality and suffering it’s causing, that—to see what’s really happening right now in Syria, to see the horrific atrocities in Homs and elsewhere, we would encourage people to take a look at unfiltered photos of what’s actually happening on the ground."

A photo posted on the official Instagram account of the Syrian Presidency.
A photo posted on the official Instagram account of the Syrian Presidency.   (AP Photo/Syrian Presidency via Instagram)
This screen capture shows the Instagram account of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
This screen capture shows the Instagram account of Syrian President Bashar Assad.   (AP Photo/Syrian Presidency via Instagram)
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