Taliban occupation of Afghanistan increased the trouble of social media companies

Taliban occupation of Afghanistan increased the trouble of social media companies

Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned video streaming service YouTube have reacted differently to the ban since the Taliban took over Afghanistan.

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Since the capture of Afghanistan by the Taliban, American tech companies have become increasingly difficult about how to handle the content created by this group because it is considered a terrorist organization by some governments of the world. Regarding this, social media giant Facebook has said that it has considered the Taliban as a terrorist group and has banned the content being created by it on its platform.

But according to reports, Taliban members are still using Facebook’s end-to-end encrypted messaging service WhatsApp and talking directly to Afghan people after the company deemed it a dangerous organization. A Facebook Inc. spokesperson said that the company is closely monitoring the situation in the country and that WhatsApp will take action on any accounts linked to sanctioned organizations in Afghanistan, including those to be removed.

Twitter gave a roundabout reply

Talking about the micro-blogging platform Twitter, the Taliban spokesperson has an account on this platform and has thousands of followers and also made many tweets during the occupation of Afghanistan. When Reuters asked Twitter about the use of the platform by the Taliban, the company cited its policies against violent organizations. According to Twitter’s rules, it does not allow such groups to use the platform that promote terrorism or violence against civilians.

YouTube’s response is different

When asked by Alphabet Inc.’s video streaming platform YouTube whether it has imposed any ban or sanctions on the Taliban, the company declined to comment but said the video-sharing service would allow “foreign terrorist organizations” (FTOs). It is up to governments to define how to guide the site through its rules against violent criminal groups.

YouTube pointed to the US State Department’s list of FTOs of which the Taliban is not a member. Instead, the US classifies the Taliban as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist”, liberating those American assets and preventing Americans from working with them.

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