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Taliban Public Relations Department

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About

Taliban Public Relations Department is a satirical gimmick account on Twitter that pretends to be a public relations department of Afghanistan's ruling fundamentalist militant political movement Taliban. Active since January 2023, the account achieved virality in March 2023 thanks to its subtle trolling of Western audiences.

History

On January 29th, 2023, the Twitter[1] gimmick account Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary (@TalibanPRD) became active for the first time, posting its first several tweets[2][3][4] on that day (shown below). The account is a satire of what a public relations department for the Taliban could be, with its tweets being supportive of Islamic fundamentalism and conservative values while mocking liberal values.


Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD Field-Marshal Ahmad Waheed will be remembered as one of the #greatest military strategists in the history of our glorious nation. He was martyred in a cowardly drone strike by the #American Imperialist Army that lacked the courage to confront him on the #Battlefield. 8:06 PM Jan 29, 2023 534 Views Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD Police in Kandahar have arrested three thieves for stealing a new motorcycle from a Honda dealership. They were also in possession of a firearm, a full interrogation revealed they were planning a bank robbery so they could escape to San Francisco, the gay capital of the world. CD70 : 9:37 AM Jan 30, 2023 1,026 Views Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD The Ministry of Energy and Water has completed fortifications and enhanced security measures of hydrometeorological stations following the attempted sabotage of equipment by a former #homosexual employee. The average annual rainfall in Kandahar province has reached 42.9mm. 981 6:39 AM Jan 30, 2023 788 Views Lopez ...

The account remained relatively unnoticed until early March 2023 when it responded to a tweet[5][6] asking for its favorite album by cloud rapper Bladee. The tweet (shown below, right) gained over 2,100 retweets and 9,200 likes in one month.


Taliban Public Relations Department, Comm... @Taliban... Mar 5 Abdul Sattar, one of our dearest colleagues. He fought the American Imperialist Army for ten years to rid our country of homosexuality and feminism, and he now proudly serves our people in the Public Relations Department. Ask him a question! We are here to answer. #AskTheTaliban Taliban Public Relations Department, Com... @Taliban... Mar 5 The purpose of the Public Relations Department is to counter fake news about our government. We'd like to give our western brothers & sisters the chance to ask any questions they have about our organisation. We will do our best to respond to as many as possible #AskTheTaliban 42 monij$ @muunijs 22 17 Replying to @TalibanPRD what's your favorite bladee album 2:50 AM Mar 5, 2023 729K Views 82 il 30.7K : Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD The sale and purchase of Bladee music is prohibited in the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan. This individual is a homosexual gangster. We do not listen to such music. We prefer masculine music. #AskTheTaliban MA turbo WEAVEηš„ζ—Ά convit monij$ @muunijs . Mar 5 Replying to @TalibanPRD what's your favorite bladee album 3:04 AM. Mar 5, 2023 939.7K Views

On March 6th, 2023, @TalibanPRD launched a poll[7] asking if Afghanistan should lift a ban on Bladee's music, which gained over 640 retweets and 1,500 likes in one month (shown below, left). On March 7th, the account then shared[8] the results of the poll (shown below, right).


Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD Regarding our recent comments on musician #Bladee, some of you have suggested that the ban on his music in our glorious nation should be lifted because his music promotes traditional values & ethics. What do you think? The result of this survey will have an impact on our decision Yes, Legalise Bladee No, don't legalise Bladee I am not sure 15,369 votes. Final results 5:27 AM Mar 6, 2023 304.5K Views ... 80.4% 15.3% 4.3% Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD Your response has overwhelmed the Public Relations Department. We have compiled a dossier that will be sent to Afghanistan's Ministry of Culture recommending that the #Bladee be legalised. It will ultimately be up to the Minister to make the decision. We will provide daily update Taliban Public Relations Department @TalibanPRD Regarding our recent comments on musician #Bladee, some of you have suggested that the ban on his music in our glorious nation should be lifted because his music promotes traditional values & ethics. What do you think? The result of this survey will have an impact on our decision Yes, Legalise Bladee No, don't legalise Bladee I am not sure 15,369 votes. Final results 80% 5:36 AM. Mar 7, 2023 64.5K Views 15% 4% Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD. Mar 6 Regarding our recent comments on musician #Bladee, some of you have suggested that the ban on his music in our glorious nation should be lifted because his music promotes traditional values & ethics. What do you think? The result of this survey will have an impact on our decision Show this poll

In mid-March 2023, the account again went viral after posting[9] that Lord Miles, a person famous for traveling to military hotspots, was missing in the country (shown below, left). The tweet gained over 1,700 retweets and 15,800 likes in three weeks. Later that day, Twitter[10] user @Shadezey tweeted about the rumor, stating they were not sure if this was trolling. The tweet (shown below, right) gained over 280 retweets and 5,200 likes in two weeks.


Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD : It's with great sorrow to announce that we have lost contact with our beloved brother @real_lord_miles. His last known sighting was in eastern Afghanistan on the 6th of march. We are doing all we can to locate him. The foreign ministry has informed the UK embassy, Islamabad. 3:12 AM Mar 15, 2023 7.7M Views Shadz @Shadzey1 Taliban putting out a safety BOLO on Lord Miles. What the f--- is 2023. I can't even tell if it's trolling or not. 3:00 PM - Mar 15, 2023 Β· 471.3K Views

More tweets[11][12][13] posted by the account in the second half of March 2023 went viral, including tweets about manosphere influencer Andrew Tate, a reply to Hillary Clinton and an Early Life meme.

Features

Taliban Public Relations Department posts tweets that are supportive of Islamic fundamentalism and conservative values and critical of liberal values. The account incorporates references to elements of modern media and memes, with its tweets aiming to troll unsuspecting social media in a subtle manner.

Traffic

As of April 4th, 2023, @TalibanPRD had over 78,000 followers on Twitter.

MEMRI TV

MEMRI TV is a news channel by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) which translates Middle Eastern media into English. Online,[1] the channel has gained much notoriety for its absurd translations of news programs, many of which have spawned photoshops of screenshots showing false or edited subtitles.


Memri TV meme about distinguished muslim scholar that claims he has seen memes cause cancer Memri TV meme about I will give you a taste of my shoe Memri TV meme about the sword used on his first day of work

Various Examples


Donut Operator Hey @TalibanPRD will you rate my Hilux? 324 513 @DonutOperator Β· Mar 30 T 4WD 16.1K ₁693.9K Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD : : Replying to @DonutOperator Mr Operator, that's a very masculine Hilux. It's much superior to the humvee that was used by homosexual gangsters to invade our magnificent nation. We hope that you use that gun wisely and never to oppress others. Use it to fight for freedom and justice. May the almighty guide u 1:53 PM Mar 30, 2023 105.3K Views Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD Once released, We intend to welcome the #Tate brothers to Afghanistan and make them honorary Afghan citizens. Our masculine passport will provide them with the best possible protection against kidnapping by #Matrix affiliated nations. #FreeTheTates #FreeTopGs #AndrewTate 12:04 PM. Mar 18, 2023.2.1M Views FI Taliban Public Relations Department, Com... @Taliban.... Mar 10 The honorable minister for information & culture received the file on Mr. Benjamin Reichwald, also known as Bladee, from the Public Relations Team. The minister is anticipated to decide whether or not to make his music lawful in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan #LegaliseBladee 4 1 30 94 1 ₁7,808 TheyreOnParade @TheyreOnParade. Mar 10 Replying to @TalibanPRD I am sure that the strong masculine stiff minister will decide appropriately and that the people will respect his brave, intelligent decision 27 10 525 ايار gulay Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD Replying to @TheyreOnParade We hope and pray. We are no harm in Bladee music being legalized, but ultimately it's the minister's decision. The Public Relations Team has no input in the decision making process. 12:20 AM. Mar 10, 2023 712 Views
Hillary Clinton @Hillary Clinton Β· Mar 22 Girls in Afghanistan should be going back to school tomorrow, but the Taliban is only allowing boys to be educated. #LetAfghanGirlsLearn #LET AFGHAN GIRLS EARN II GIF 2,230 1,281 3,673 1.5M Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD 12:45 PM. Mar 22, 2023 1.5M Views Replying to @Hillary Clinton You spent $700m in our country trying to teach women and girls that there are 140 different genders. No wonder you lost to the orange gangster. You left a huge mess behind in Afghanistan, just like your husband did with that dress. Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD Our glorious nation has the second-largest collection of Humvees, trailing only the United States. Thanks to the #Americans, we are better equipped and armed to confront the #Americans in any future conflict. 2:05 PM Mar 16, 2023 931.5K Views : ... Taliban Public Relations Department, Commentary @TalibanPRD If Sheikh Trump chooses to seek refuge in our glorious nation, we will grant him complete freedom to operate from the Tora Bora mountains. We are certain that the lefty gangsters will dispatch drones to find him. He could end up being our new Bin Laden. #Trump2024NowMorethan Ever 5:45 PM Mar 31, 2023 456.3K Views

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External References

[1] Twitter – @TalibanPRD

[2] NSFW Twitter – @TalibanPRD

[3] Twitter – @TalibanPRD

[4] Twitter – @TalibanPRD

[5] Twitter – @muunijs

[6] Twitter – @TalibanPRD

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[9] Twitter – @TalibanPRD

[10] Twitter – @Shadzey1

[11] Twitter – @TalibanPRD

[12] Twitter – @TalibanPRD

[13] Twitter – @TalibanPRD

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