How giant social media platforms are dealing with the Taliban

As the situation unfolds, the major social media companies are struggling with how to respond

The Taliban violent group had quickly seized power and took control over Afghanistan, just two weeks before the US was set to complete its troop withdrawal after a two-decade war.


The insurgents group had charged across the nation, seizing all the major cities in a ,

The last time when the insurgents were in power in Afghanistan, the social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube did not exist.


According to the World Bank, internet use in the country was virtually nonexistent with just 0.01 per cent of the population online.


In recent years, that number has vastly breached. The Taliban had also breaching their online presence, producing dexterous videos and maintaining official social media accounts.


Despite bans, they have found ways to dodge restrictions on YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp. Similarly, last year they used WhatsApp groups to share pictures of local health officials in white gowns and masks handing out protective masks and bars of soap to locals.


Zabihullah Mujahid, the Spokesman of the Taliban group, has been posting regular updates on Twitter to more than 300 thousand followers, including international media.


Taliban is considered to be a terrorist organization by Facebook and YouTube and so they are forbided from operating accounts.


The social platform Twitter has not clearly interdicted the violent group, though the giant social media company said on Tuesday that it will continue to enforce its rules, in particular policies than limitations “glorification of violence, platform manipulation and spam."


This essentially means that until the accounts violate Twitter's rules, for instance, by ferment violence through their content, they are allowed to operate.


As the situation unfolds, the major social media companies are struggling with how to respond.


It's not an entirely different situation but they have had to deal with groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, for a case in point, that hold considerable political power but are were also violent and have carried out terror acts.


The social media giant, Facebook spurn to say specifically if it would hand over Afghanistan's official government accounts to the Taliban if they are recognized as the country's government.


Twitter had refused to answer any questions beyond its statement. And, YouTube had provided a prevailing statement which says it complies with “all applicable sanctions and trade compliance laws" and forbids the fueling of violence.


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