White House: Assad's Instagram 'Despicable'
@StateDept will not be retweeting
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2013 6:34 AM CDT
A photo posted on the official Instagram account of the Syrian Presidency.   (AP Photo/Syrian Presidency via Instagram)

(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."

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