Facebook has promised it will remove Taliban-related content

Facebook has promised it will remove Taliban-related content

The ban also applies to Instagram and WhatsApp. However, not all social networks apply this policy and much will depend on the international recognition of the Afghan group

(photo: Wakil Kohsar / Afp via Getty Images) The Taliban conquest of Afghanistan after twenty years of American presence is creating problems even to the main social networks, putting them in front of the dilemma on what to do with their online content. Facebook claimed to have banned the Taliban and all related content, considering the Afghan Islamist group a terrorist organization. The company also said it has a team of Afghan experts available to monitor and remove the propaganda posts and images linked to the group.

“The Taliban are sanctioned as a terrorist organization by US law and we have banned them from our services under our policies on dangerous organizations. This means that we remove accounts managed by or on behalf of the Taliban and the content that praises, supports and represents them, ”a Facebook spokesperson told the BBC.

This policy applies in addition to the main social network in the world, also to the other platforms it owns. This was confirmed yesterday by Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, during an interview with Bloomberg Television. Mosseri also explained that of the rapidly changing situation "we will have to change what we do and how we do it to respond to the risks that change as they occur."

According to Al Jazeera reports, despite these policies the Taliban continued to use Facebook and Whatsapp for their messages and for jihad propaganda.

Taliban spokespersons can still act freely on Twitter. They have hundreds of thousands of followers and these days have been tweeting updates during the militia advance, even though the policy of the microblogging social network does not allow groups that promote terrorism or violence against civilians.

YouTube alla asks if he has a ban or restrictions on the Taliban, declined to comment but said his platform relies on governments to define "foreign terrorist organizations" and enforce the site's rules against violent criminal groups.

The site claimed to refer to the US State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) of which the Taliban are not members. The United States, on the other hand, classifies the Taliban as “specially designated global terrorists”.

From what we can see, social media at the moment move in no particular order and make decisions based on slight nuances. Much will also depend on how the situation evolves and on what international recognition the Taliban get.

According to Mohammed Sinan Siyech, South Asian security researcher quoted by Al Jazeera, if global recognition comes, for a company like Twitter or Facebook making a subjective decision on whether or not to host the group "poses complications".

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