In recent days, Facebook has activated an emergency response team to monitor the situation in Afghanistan and assess the Taliban’s use of its products, including the messaging app WhatsApp, according to its employees. this social network. Employees who participated in discussions at the companies said Twitter and YouTube tried to read between diplomatic lines from world leaders about whether the US government had formed a de facto relationship with the Taliban. or not.
However, even when the companies deleted the Taliban’s accounts, the bans remained porous. When Facebook blocked the WhatsApp account of Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, this week, he distributed a new, still active WhatsApp account of another Taliban leader to journalists.
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The Taliban also easily evade detection by changing their hashtags or key terms, and using encryption apps, such as Telegram and WhatsApp, to send their messages. them and ask volunteers to translate social media posts into multiple languages, she said. Aziz, independent researcher.
Any pull network appears to be mistakenly enticing others who have posted anti-Taliban content. After the news site HumSub published an article this month to counter a local newspaper column praising another Taliban founder, Mullah Muhammad Omar, Facebook removed the article, said Adnan Kakar, an editor. at HumSub said.
He said: “We immediately received a notification that ‘your article has been removed because of standards about dangerous individuals and organizations. Mr. Kakar said his personal account and HumSub Facebook page were also suspended for 24 hours and blocked from live streaming and advertising for 60 days. When challenging Facebook, he said, he received no response.
Along with the difficulties faced by the platform, many new pro-Taliban accounts have been careful to post content that does not publicly incite violence or incite hate speech, which would violate the company’s rules. company.
On Twitter, a new account named for the unrecognized Taliban state, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, appeared on August 8. The account, with more than 400 followers, posted two videos shows the military maneuvers of the Taliban. But neither video contains violent imagery or graphics or directly calls for violence.