FACEBOOK BANS TALIBAN-RELATED CONTENT FROM ITS PLATFORMS
By Jennifer Ugwueke
Facebook says it has banned content supporting the Taliban on all of the company’s platforms, including Instagram and Whatsapp, since it is a terrorist organisation under US law.
The tech giant’s move came as the Taliban captured Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Sunday and declared the country an “Islamic Emirate” after president Ashraf Ghani abandoned the presidential palace and fled to Tajikistan.
The capital’s takeover followed after the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan last month at the order of President Joe Biden, after almost 20 years of the military starting George W Bush’s War on Terror in response to 9/11.
With Taliban using social media platforms to spread its messages, companies like Facebook and Twitter are faced with the challenge of regulating their content.
While Facebook does not make decisions regarding the recognition of governments, it said it “respects the authority of the international community.”