Angelina Jolie launched an Instagram account Friday, in what appeared to be the actor-producer-director-activist’s first-ever social media presence. She joined Instagram to call attention to the plight of people in Afghanistan, and specifically women and girls following the Taliban’s rapid takeover of the country.
Jolie’s viral first Instagram post included an image of a hand-written letter she said was sent from a teenage girl in Afghanistan, who expressed fear about attending school under the Taliban regime.
“Right now, the people of Afghanistan are losing their ability to communicate on social media and to express themselves freely,” Jolie wrote in the caption of the post. “So I’ve come on Instagram to share their stories and the voices of those across the globe who are fighting for their basic human rights.”
Jolie picked up more than 2.7 million followers after she joined Instagram on Friday. Within four hours, her first post had more than 700,000 likes. Her account currently follows just three others: the NAACP, Doctor’s Without Borders and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
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