Syria's president Assad on Instagram offensive
BEIRUT (AFP) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's office has used a new Instagram account to post photographs of him greeting supporters, and images of his wife Asma visiting hospital patients.
The official Syrian presidency Instagram account on the popular online photo sharing application is the latest social media platform used by Assad's office to bolster his image. Mr Assad's office already has YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Images posted on Instagram include a photograph of Assad working at his desk, and another of the embattled leader waving at cheering crowds of supporters.
Others show his wife Asma, dressed informally and deep in discussion with teenagers. In another, she wipes away the tears of a child.