Zabihullah Mujahid: Taliban spokesman blames conspiracy after Twitter places him in Pakistan.

Taliban Spokesman Blames Conspiracy After Twitter Geolocation Tags him in Pakistan

Taliban Spokesman Blames Conspiracy After Twitter Geolocation Tags him in Pakistan

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Oct. 5 2014 12:10 PM

Taliban Spokesman Blames Conspiracy After Twitter Geolocation Tags him in Pakistan

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The BBC managed to grab a screenshot of the tweet before the Taliban spokesman appeared to turn off the geolocation feature

When a Taliban spokesman took to Twitter on Friday to claim credit for an attack, the post included geolocation information that claimed the message was written from Sindh, Pakistan. The next day Zabihullah Mujahid went back to Twitter to say that the whole thing was an “enemy plot” and that he was definitely in Afghanistan.

"My Twitter account has been manipulated—as part of weak efforts of enemy plot, it showed that I am based in Sindh of Pakistan, I call this attempt as fake and shame [sic]," he wrote, according to the BBC. "Now, the enemy's fake act has been exposed, and with full confidence, I can say that I am in my own country."

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The supposed plot immediately raised eyebrows because Pakistan has often been accused of providing shelter to Taliban leaders. “All geolocation information begins as a location (latitude and longitude), sent from your browser or device,” explains Twitter in its FAQ about the geolocation feature. “Remember, once you post something online, it’s out there for others to see.”

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.