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Facebook bans Taliban and all supporting content from its platforms

Facebook bans Taliban and all supporting content from its platforms.

Social media giant Facebook has said it has banned the Taliban and all content that supports it from its platforms, as it considers the group to be a terrorist organization, according to a media report.

The company says it has a dedicated team of Afghan experts to monitor and remove content linked to the insurgent group.

For years, the Taliban have used social media to spread their messages.

“The Taliban are sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and we have banned them from our services under our Dangerous Organization policies. This means that we delete accounts maintained by or on behalf of the Taliban and prohibit praise, support, and representation of them, ”a Facebook spokesperson told the BBC.

“We also have a dedicated team of experts in Afghanistan, who are native speakers of Dari and Pashto and have knowledge of the local context, helping us to identify and alert us to emerging issues on the platform,” the spokesperson said.

The social media giant said it does not make decisions on the recognition of national governments, but instead follows the “authority of the international community.”

Facebook noted that the policy applies to all of its platforms, including its flagship social media network Instagram and WhatsApp.

However, there are reports that the Taliban are using WhatsApp to communicate.

Facebook told the BBC that it would take action if it found accounts in the app linked to the group.

The brutal war in Afghanistan reached a turning point on Sunday when Taliban insurgents approached Kabul before entering the city and seized the presidential palace, forcing embattled President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country.


Devika Chowdhury - She is a professional news editor, writer, and blogger for the last 10 years. She is working with NewsGater as an off-beat news editor cum writer.

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