Twitter Refuses Call To Ban Taliban From Its Micro Blogging Platform
Twitter would not join its social media partners in banning the Taliban from its platform yet for all time suspended Donald Trump’s account
Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube have all restricted and ended accounts that are associated with, promote or praise the Taliban
On Tuesday, Rep. Doug Lamborn made an impression on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, raising worries about the Taliban being permitted to utilize the platform
‘In my review of these accounts, I did not find a single fact check on any of their tweets, nor any warnings for false or misleading content’
Twitter has refused to join its social media counterparts in banning the Taliban from its platform, saying it’ll monitor content to ensure there aren’t messages ‘glorifying violence’.
The move is as a stark disparity to the organization’s Big Tech rivals. Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram (both possessed and owned by Facebook), TikTok and YouTube have all prohibited and terminated accounts that are are linked to, promote or applaud the Taliban.
Twitter said in an explanation that it will ‘continue to proactively enforce our rules and review content that may violate Twitter rules, specifically policies against glorification of violence, platform manipulation and spam.’
The social media monster used this justification to permanently ban Donald Trump after the January 6 Capitol Riot, causing cries of censorship from Trump allies.
Twitter upheld its decision to permit Taliban-related accounts to stay active, saying that individuals in Afghanistan are utilizing the platform to look for help and shelter.
Facebook, which likewise has silenced Trump, has had its restriction on the Taliban set up for quite a long time since it thinks of it as a ‘dangerous group.’
This double standard got under the skin of Trump allies, supporters and conservatives.
Trump allies and conservatives question Twitter’s position on not placeing a ban on Taliban-associated accounts
The two Taliban spokesman and representative, Suhail Shaehee and Zabihullah Mujahid have more than 351,000 and 310,000 Twitter followers, individually. Their accounts have been active for quite a long time.
On Tuesday, Rep. Doug Lamborn sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey communicating worries about individuals from the Taliban being permitted to use the plaform to get their message out.
‘Why does Twitter allow two Taliban spokesmen to have a platform but restricts the First Amendment Rights of former President Trump? It’s past time to hold #BigTech accountable. #Taliban,’ he tweeted.
In his letter, Lamborn said it’s clear that the Taliban falls under the ‘violent organization category.’
‘In my review of these accounts, I did not find a single fact check on any of their tweets, nor any warnings for false or misleading content,’ Lamborn wrote in his letter to Dorsey.
‘These propaganda updates usually assert that the overthrow has been largely peaceful, despite reports to the contrary … It is impossible to see how the accounts of Zabihullah Mujahid and Yousef Ahmandi do not violate your policies.’
On Tuesday, Rep. Doug Lamborn sent a letter (envisioned) to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey communicating worries about individuals from the Taliban being permitted to utilize the platform.
‘Why on God’s green Earth does the Taliban representative have a functioning Twitter account however not the previous President of the United States?’ asked Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a North Carolina Republican.
‘Who’s side is the AMERICA BASED Big-Tech companies on?’ he added.
‘The Taliban Spokesman has a Twitter account without any problem. Meanwhile, President Trump is banned from the platform,’ tweeted Rep. Claudia Tenney, a New York Republican. ‘Something is very wrong here.’
Adrian Hilton, a conservative academic and lecturer on political philosophy in the UK, likewise called attention to the obvious double standards.
‘Twitter banned Donald Trump for expressing support for rioters who stormed the US Capitol. Twitter permitted the Taliban official spokesman to live-tweet Mujahideen terror, the acquisition of arms, storming the Afghanistan capital, and the occupation of the presidential palace,’ he composed.
Trump was permanently banned from Twitter over the U.S. State Capitol Riot on January 6
During a Tuesday press conference in Kabul – which was broadcast, communicated and translated into English by Al Jazeera and posted on Twitter – a representative was asked about freedom of speech.
‘This question should be asked to those people who are claiming to be promoters of freedom of speech who do not allow publication of information. I can ask [the] Facebook company,’ he replied.
The Taliban spokesman’s remarks were welcomed by virtual applause from Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter, who retweeted the 30-second video clip and said, ‘LOL … Also not wrong.’
Throughout the end of the week, the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was everything except complete, after the U.S. spent twenty years and billions of dollars aiming to set up a democratic government freindly to the West.
The U.S.-led attack of Afghanistan in 2001 ousted the Islamist militants from power, yet they never left, and got back to control after Afghan government forces totally yielded.
After the Taliban blitzed across the country in recent days, the Western-supported government that has run the country for two decades crumbled.
During the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, the extremists reportedly married underage girls as young as 12 and pushed them into sex slavery as ‘spoils of war,’ and killed Afghan soldiers who attempted to give up.