Taliban Complains that Facebook is Violating Free Speech

In his first press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, Taliban Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid accused Facebook of violating freedom of speech by removing all user accounts linked to him and Taliban from all its platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp.

When a Journalist asked Mujahid about free speech, he suggested that the question be directed to Facebook instead.

“This question should be asked to those people who are claiming to be promoters of freedom of speech who do not allow publication of all information,” the translator relayed.

In an interview with BBC, the Facebook spokesperson said the company will continue banning content from the Taliban.

“The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and they are banned from our services under our Dangerous Organisation policies,” the spokesman said.

He added that Facebook would “remove accounts maintained by or on behalf of the Taliban and prohibit praise, support, representation of them.”

Meanwhile, a Twitter spokesperson told Reuters that the company would review content that may violate its rules against the glorification of violence or platform manipulation.

Video streaming platform Youtube told CNN it would delete Afghan Taliban accounts from the video platform because it violated their policies.
“If we find an account believed to be owned and operated by the Afghan Taliban, we terminate it. Further, our policies prohibit content that incites violence,” the Youtube spokesperson said.

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