The Taliban is blanket banned on Facebook and YouTube, but not on Twitter

The Taliban is blanket banned on Facebook and YouTube, but not on Twitter
The Taliban is blanket banned on Facebook and YouTube, but not on Twitter
Facebook bans the Taliban and is "proactively" taking down pro-Taliban content, while YouTube now says it will also ban associated accounts.
  • Facebook said Tuesday it's proactively taking down content supporting the Taliban.
  • The Taliban is banned on Facebook under its "Dangerous Individuals and Organizations" policy.
  • Twitter appears to be taking a less hardline approach.
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As the Taliban takes power in Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years, social-media companies must choose how to deal with pro-Taliban content.

Facebook said on Tuesday that the Taliban had long been banned on its platform under its "Dangerous Individuals and Organizations" policy. A spokesperson told Insider the company was "proactively" taking down content praising the Taliban, and that it had deployed a team of Afghanistan experts to monitor the situation.

YouTube initially stopped short of saying it would ban the Taliban on its platform, telling Reuters on Monday that it followed guidance from governments in defining "Foreign Terrorist Organizations" (FTOs). At the time, YouTube pointed Reuters to the US State Department's list of FTOs, which the Taliban is not on, the publication reported.

However, on Tuesday, a YouTube spokesperson told Insider that all accounts believed to be owned or operated by the Taliban would be terminated from the platform, and said this was a longstanding policy.

Taliban spokesmen used Twitter to broadcast updates to hundreds of thousands of followers, Reuters reported. When asked about the Taliban's use of Twitter by Reuters, the company pointed to its policies against violent organizations and hateful conduct but declined to answer further.

Twitter did not comment explicitly on its approach to the Taliban when contacted by Insider, but a spokesperson said: "The situation in Afghanistan is rapidly evolving. We're also witnessing people in the country using Twitter to seek help and assistance.

"Twitter's top priority is keeping people safe, and we remain vigilant. We 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."

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