Taliban Uses Texts as Latest Intimidation Move
In the past years, fundamentalist groups have become increasingly savvy in their use of modern technology and social media. This latest tactic in many ways simply represents a natural evolution. Posts to the Facebook fan pages (such as the one above) are converted to SMS and sent to subscribers, who can easily forward them on. Aside from the chain letter effect, the success of the the mass texting comes in part from the impossibility of controlling such a means of communication.
"We give operation licenses to telecom companies so they can provide communication services to people," Emal Marjan, Afghanistan's Information and Technology Ministry spokesman, told Radio Free Europe. "It is neither ours nor the company's responsibility to identify who uses the services for what purposes"