Facebook and Twitter scramble to protect Afghan users

Because the Taliban gained management of Kabul this week, individuals throughout Afghanistan have began scrubbing their social media accounts to defend themselves from potential retaliation. Numerous tech corporations have taken steps to assist protect users who could be related to Western international locations or the fallen Afghan authorities—the kind of individuals who have beforehand been focused by the Taliban.

On Thursday, Facebook’s head of safety coverage shared on Twitter that the corporate had restricted the power to view and search associates lists for users based mostly in Afghanistan. Facebook additionally launched a “one-click” software that might permit Afghan residents to swiftly lock their accounts if mandatory. LinkedIn has taken an identical method by briefly disabling the power to view connections for all users in Afghanistan.

Twitter has said it’s working with the Web Archive to push by requests to take away archived tweets, and that the platform could droop accounts on a case-by-case foundation if they’re compromised and users have issues about delicate info falling into the unsuitable fingers. The corporate can be protecting tabs on accounts run by authorities organizations.


Social media platforms have been sluggish to lengthen these form of protections to users in Afghanistan, and as NBC News reported lately, lots of them don’t even supply assist pages in native Afghan languages. Many users need the power to take away delicate info with out deleting their accounts altogether, particularly in the event that they depend on social media platforms for info or to talk with associates and household.

Although Facebook and Instagram have already banned Taliban-related content material, encrypted platforms like WhatsApp are far tougher to monitor. Regardless of these bans, the Taliban has reportedly already opened greater than 100 new accounts and pages throughout Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.