Taliban’s Afghanistan takeover presents a fresh challenge for social media companies

Facebook Inc spokesperson said the company was closely monitoring the situation in the country

Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan poses a new challenge to major US technology companies in managing content created by a group considered to be terrorists by other world governments.A spokesman for Facebook Inc said the company was monitoring the situation in the country and that WhatsApp would take action against any accounts found to be linked to Afghanistan-authorized organizations, which could include account deletion.A young Afghan general is fighting the Taliban on social mediaOn Twitter Inc, Taliban speakers with hundreds of thousands of followers posted updates on Twitter as the country took over.

Asked about the Taliban’s use of the platform, the company pointed out its policies against violent organizations and hate speech but did not respond to Reuters questions about how it undermined its segregation. Twitter rules say they do not allow groups that promote terrorism or violence against citizens.

The return of the Taliban has raised fears that it will fight for freedom of speech and human rights, especially women’s rights, and for the country to once again be a haven for global terrorism.Taliban officials issued statements saying they wanted peaceful relations around the world and pledged to protect the Afghan people.

The major social media firms this year have made top-notch decisions by managing the world’s leading leaders and power groups.

This includes the controversial issues of former US President Donald Trump in inciting violence around the Capitol violence and the banning of Myanmar troops during the uprising in the country.Facebook, which has long been criticized for failing to fight hate speech in Myanmar, said the protests increased the risk of cybercrime and its history of human rights abuses had led to the banning of the ruling military or Tatmadaw.

Companies, under attack by law enforcement and international regulators because of their growing political and economic influence, often rely on government positions or official international recognition to determine who is allowed on their sites.This also helps in determining who can be certified, legitimate government accounts or can receive specialized treatment for criminal discourse due to the merits of the media or public interest opportunities.However, the differences between the conditions of technology companies suggest that this approach is inconsistent.YouTube’s Alphabet Inc, which asked if the Taliban had been banned or banned, declined to comment but said the video sharing service relied on governments to define “Foreign Terrorist Organizations” (FTO) to regulate the site’s enforcement of its anti-crime laws.

YouTube has identified a list of FTOs of the US Department of State for which the Taliban is not a member. The United States instead designates the Taliban as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist,” blocking US property of those registered and barring Americans from working with them.To make matters worse, although many countries show little sign of joining the party, the Taliban’s position on the world stage could change as they tighten control.”The Taliban is an internationally recognized player,” said Mohammad Sinan Siyech, a South Asian security researcher with a doctorate degree at the University of Edinburgh, pointing to China-United States talks with the group.

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