Prohibition of Taliban-related content on Facebook .
Facebook announced that it would not lift the ban on content favoring Taliban on its central platform, Instagram and WhatsApp. According to reports, Facebook is looking at an Afghan group, which has used social media for many years to spread its beliefs, as a terrorist organization. Facebook claims to have an exceptional content management staff that monitors and removes Taliban-related posts, photos, videos, and other information. The exact number of members of the group is unknown.
However, the Taliban have also said they have assured the world that they will not harm anyone or property in Afghanistan or else where. “We also have a dedicated team of Afghan experts, both native Dari and Pashto speakers who are familiar with the local theme, helping us to identify and inform the issues that arise on the podium,” Facebook said.
Facebook also claims that it does not decide whether to accept independent governments or not but rather undermines the “international community’s authority.” This year, major social media companies have made high-level decisions about dealing with current world leaders and other influential parties.
WhatsApp’s stance On Taliban’s digital communication
As stated in reports, the Taliban is still communicating via WhatsApp. Because the chat platform is encrypted from end to end, Facebook can’t see what users share. “As a private messaging service, we do not have access to the content of personal conversations; but, if we know of a person or organization that is allowed to be on WhatsApp, we are taking action,” said a WhatsApp spokesperson.
Twitter Action on Taliban-related content
Meanwhile, some social media sites have been asked questions about how they handle Taliban-related details. The investigation comes after a Taliban spokesperson with hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers used the tactic to keep people awake during the capture of Afghanistan. a Twitter spokesperson emphasized the rules against violent organizations and hate speech but did not detail how they divided people. Twitter does not accept groups that promote terrorism or violence against people, according to its guidelines.
The Taliban have expressed their desire for a peaceful relationship
The takeover, which marks the return of the Taliban, has sparked fears that the country will face a full-fledged campaign for freedom of speech and human rights. In addition, Taliban officials issued a statement expressing their desire for peaceful relations with foreign nationals and pledging to protect the Afghan people.
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