IS-linked propaganda outlet moves to Instagram

Published: 12:22 GMT, May 12, 2017 |

A propaganda arm of the so-called Islamic State group (IS) has for the first time set up an account on Instagram. The outlet, called Nashir News Agency, promoted the new Instagram account via its established channels on the Telegram messaging app on 11 May.

It said it set up the account as an experiment in spreading information about IS. Instagram said it deleted the account for violating its guidelines.

A spokeswoman for the social network told the BBC: “Instagram has zero tolerance for terrorists, terrorist propaganda, or the praising of terror activity, and we work aggressively to remove it as soon as we become aware of it.”

The move to Instagram came a day after Nashir set up two accounts on Facebook to also spread news. Both have since been closed.