Facebook continues ban on Taliban-related content from its platforms

By: News Desk      Published: 06:06 PM, 17 Aug, 2021
Facebook continues ban on Taliban-related content from its platforms

Social media tech giant Facebook has confirmed it will continue to ban content supporting the Taliban on all of the company’s platforms, including Whatsapp and Instagram.

According to the company, it has a dedicated team of Afghan experts to monitor and remove content linked to the group.

Facebook said: "We also have 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."

While talking to international media outlets a Facebook spokesperson said "The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and we have banned them from our services under our Dangerous Organization policies. This means we remove accounts maintained by or on behalf of the Taliban and prohibit praise, support, and representation of them,”

With the rapid takeover of Afghanistan, the situation has raised challenges for big tech giants on how to handle the Taliban-related content.

Facebook also added that the company does not make decisions about the recognition of national governments but instead follows the "authority of the international community".

According to prominent media outlets Taliban are using WhatsApp to communicate directly with Afghanis. On this, a Facebook Inc spokesperson said that the company was closely monitoring the situation in the country and that WhatsApp would take action on any accounts found to be linked with sanctioned organizations in Afghanistan, “which could include account removal”.

Other social media platforms have also come under scrutiny over how the Taliban-related content is being handled by them.