Facebook bans Taliban content on FB, WhatsApp, Instagram

Lower than 48 hours after the Taliban gained management of Kabul, and with it, management over most of Afghanistan, Facebook has introduced that it’s going to ban—to the extent that it might—content associated to the Taliban on all its platforms. The social media big confirmed that each the Taliban group itself and user-posted Taliban content is not going to be allowed on Facebook, Instagram, or WhatsApp.

“The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist group underneath U.S. regulation and we’ve banned them from our companies underneath our Harmful Group insurance policies,” an organization spokesperson told CNBC. “We even have a devoted group of Afghanistan consultants, who’re native Dari and Pashto audio system and have information of native context, serving to to establish and alert us to rising points on the platform.”

But banning Taliban-related content is far simpler for the corporate to do on its Facebook and Instagram platforms since Facebook can monitor all content posted there. WhatsApp is completely different because the app and any messages despatched are end-to-end encrypted, which implies Facebook can’t see the content being shared. Nevertheless, a WhatsApp spokesperson confirmed to Vice that if the corporate turns into conscious the Taliban are utilizing sure WhatsApp channels, the corporate will “take motion” in opposition to them.


We’ve reached out to Facebook for additional remark and can replace this put up if we hear again.