Facebook continues ban of Taliban-related content

Facebook continues ban of Taliban-related content
Technology firms face challenges on how to handle content related to the Taliban. Source: GETTY IMAGES
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Daily US Times: Facebook has announced that it will continue to ban Taliban content from its platforms as it considers the group to be a terrorist organisation.

The social media giant confirmed that it has a dedicated team of Afghan experts to monitor and remove content linked to Taliban.

The Taliban has used social media platforms to spread its messages for years.

The rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the group raises fresh challenges for giant technology firms on how to deal with content related to Taliban.

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 Organisation policies. This means we remove accounts maintained by or on behalf of the Taliban and prohibit praise, support, and representation of them.”

For many years, Facebook has defined the Taliban as a dangerous organisation.

Facebook said it doesn’t make decisions about the recognition of national governments but follows the “authority of the international community”.

The company highlighted that the policy applies to all of its platforms including its flagship other social media network, WhatsApp and Instagram.

There are reports that Taliban use WhatsApp to communicate.

Facebook confirmed that it would take action if it found WhatsApp accounts linked to the group.

Other big social media platforms have also come under pressure and scrutiny over how they handle Taliban-related content.

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