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Facebook bans Taliban from its platforms

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Social media giant Facebook has banned the Taliban and all content supporting it from its platforms. The step has been taken as the US-based tech giant considers the group as a terrorist organisation. Facebook highlighted that the policy applies to all of its platforms, including its flagship social media network, Instagram and WhatsApp.

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.”

The company said it has a team of Afghan experts to monitor and remove content related to the Taliban. It 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.”

Taliban announces general amnesty

At a time when thousands of Afghans want to escape from Afghanistan in a bid to escape from the Taliban rule, the terror group on Tuesday declared a general amnesty for all government officials. It has asked them to return to work after taking control of the country as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

“A general amnesty has been declared for all… so you should start your routine life with full confidence,” said a statement from the Taliban. Notably, unlike the previous tenure, the Taliban is trying to project a better image of itself as the country remains under international scrutiny. The lack of trust in the Taliban is a clear indicator that has emerged from the Afghanistan unrest which is evident as thousands of people thronged the Kabul airport to escape from Taliban rule.

 

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