In an attempt to show that dictators too, can bask in the glow of the Earlybird filter, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has joined Instagram.
The account, which goes under the name “syrianpresidency” shows Assad’s softer, friendlier side — smiling, waving and shaking hands with laughing children. Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad, who grew up in Britain before marrying the president in 2000, features prominently in the photos.
A week old and with 69 posts as of this morning, the account that welcomes visitors to “the official Instagram account for the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic” already has over 4000 followers.
Meanwhile, the Syrian conflict has claimed over 100,000 lives so far, which as The Telegraph pointed out, averages to 7,000 casualties a month.
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
Syria President Bashar Al-Assad Joins Instagram