Alphabet’s YouTube said on Tuesday it has a longstanding policy of not allowing the Taliban to run accounts on its site, as social media companies faced questions about how they would handle the group that has increasingly invaded Afghanistan. control is achieved.
The return of the Taliban to power for the first time in 20 years has raised fears and concerns about freedom of speech and action on human rights, especially women’s rights. So that the country can again become a hotspot for global terrorism.
Financial Times reported exclusively that Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service on Sunday shut down a complaint helpline for Afghans contacting the Taliban, set up by the group, after it took control of Kabul. A WhatsApp spokesperson declined to comment on the action. But it said the service was bound by US sanctions laws to ban accounts that present themselves as official accounts of the Taliban.
The report said that an emergency hotline helpline was launched for citizens to report violence, looting or other problems. But on Tuesday it was blocked by Facebook along with other official Taliban channels.
YouTube declined to comment when asked if it imposed sanctions on the Taliban on Monday. But it said on Tuesday that its ban on the group was a long-standing approach.
The rapid capture of Afghanistan by the Taliban is a challenge for many major social media and messaging platforms as to what and who should be allowed on their platforms. When asked whether this would allow the Taliban to operate the official Afghan government Facebook page or account? So Facebook pointed to a statement in which it said it respected the right of the international community to make a decision on recognized governments.
Twitter, which is reviewing its rules for world leaders on the platform, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the same question. Taliban spokespersons, with hundreds of thousands of followers, have tweeted updates during the country’s takeover.
A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement that the network will review content that may violate its rules, specifically those against violence or manipulation of the platform. But he did not respond to questions about whether there are any specific sanctions on the Taliban as a group or how it classifies violent organisations.