A Facebook account in the name of Osama bin Laden was shut down Friday, after attracting more than 1,000 "fans" and posting the speeches and recordings of Islamic extremists produced by al Qaeda-affiliated Al-Sahab Media Group.
The page, which went up on March 25, referred to bin Laden as the "Prince of Mujahideen," and set his location to the "mountains of the world," according to the Arabic language news site Elaph. Bin Laden is believed to be hiding in the mountainous area that stretches across Pakistan and Afghanistan.
It remains unclear whether the page was operated by close associates of bin Laden or by supporters based abroad. A Facebook spokesman cast doubt on a direct link.
"People often attempt to register fake accounts under the name of famous or infamous people," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said.
"There is no evidence to suggest that the account in question or the other dozens of people who have tried to present themselves as Osama bin Laden have any relation to the terrorist," he said. "As is our standard practice, we have disabled the account."