Facebook bans content linked to the Taliban

Facebook bans content linked to the Taliban

Banned the company Facebook Taliban and any content promoted from the main platform, and Oatsab and Anstagram.

The social media giant said it considers the Afghan group, which has used social media platforms to highlight its messages for years, as a terrorist organization.

Facebook said it has a dedicated team of content moderators that monitors and removes posts, photos, videos and other content related to the Taliban.

A Facebook spokesperson said: "The Taliban has been designated a terrorist organization under US law and has been banned from our services under the organization's dangerous policies."

This means that it removes accounts held by or on behalf of the Taliban, as well as those that praise, support and represent them, the company added.

"We also have a dedicated team of Afghan experts, who speak Dari and Pashto and have knowledge of the local context, which helps us identify and alert us to issues arising across the platform," a Facebook spokesperson said.

The company said it was not deciding whether it should recognize national governments. Instead, it follows the authority of the international community.

Facebook Dilemma

Reports indicate that the Taliban are still using WhatsApp to communicate. It is an end-to-end encrypted chat platform, which means that Facebook can't see what people share on it.

A WhatsApp spokesperson said: "As a private messaging service, we cannot access the contents of people's personal chats. However, if we learn that a sanctioned individual or organization may have a presence through us, we take action.

A Facebook spokesperson said WhatsApp uses artificial intelligence software to evaluate unencrypted group information, including names, account photos and group descriptions, to meet legal obligations.

Alphabet-owned YouTube said the Community Guidelines apply to everyone equally. The platform enforces its policies against the content and context in which it is presented. The company explained that it provides content that provides adequate educational, documentary, scientific and artistic context.

A Twitter spokesperson said: "The situation in Afghanistan is evolving rapidly. We're also seeing people in the country using Twitter to ask for help. Twitter's top priority is keeping people safe, and we remain vigilant.

"We continue to proactively enforce our rules and review content that may violate the Twitter Rules, specifically the policies against glorification of violence, platform manipulation, and spam."


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