Published On: Wed, Aug 18th, 2021

Facebook Continues Ban on Taliban Content; Twitter Permits Spokesmen Accounts

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Facebook says it will maintain its ban of pro-Taliban content under “U.S. law” and that it has been blocking WhatsApp accounts linked to the terrorist group, after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan on Aug. 15. “The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under U.S. law, and we have banned them from our services under our Dangerous Organization policies,” a Facebook spokesperson told several media outlets. Facebook, which owns Instagram and WhatsApp, employs a “dedicated team of Afghanistan experts who are native Dari and Pashto speakers and have knowledge of local context, helping to identify and alert us to emerging issues on the platform,” according to the spokesperson. “Our teams are closely monitoring this situation as it evolves. Facebook does not make decisions about the recognized government in any particular country, but instead respects the authority of the international community in making these determinations. Regardless of who holds power, …

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