Facebook deploys dedicated team to scrub platform of Taliban content: Social Media platform wants to proactively prevent incitement and hate speech

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Facebook will not allow praising, supporting, or representing the Taliban. Pic credit: Stock Catalog/Flickr

Social Media giant Facebook is actively identifying and removing content that mentions the Taliban. The platform confirms it is abiding by the “Dangerous Organization” policy of the company.

Facebook has a dedicated team that is scrubbing the platform of any Taliban-related content. The platform confirmed it was undertaking this mission to ensure there is no incitement and hate speech on Facebook.

Taliban is banned from Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, under the “Dangerous Organization” policy:

The Taliban, a rogue radicalized terrorist group, has effectively taken control of entire Afghanistan. The group forcibly occupied Kabul, the country’s capital. Afghanistan’s elected leadership is now living under exile.

There’s little doubt that social media platforms are a powerful tool to spread the news. However, several groups abuse the platform to spread misinformation and propaganda.

Multiple social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and even mass-messaging apps such as WhatsApp, are routinely the medium to incite violence.

To prevent such incidents, Facebook is now actively identifying and removing any content related to the Taliban on the platform. Taliban is a terrorist organization sanctioned under U.S. law.

The U.S. has legally prohibited the organization from Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Now Facebook, the owner of the three most popular social media platforms, is enforcing its “Dangerous Organization” policy.

Facebook claims it is merely enforcing the policy enacted as per the directives of the United States of America:

Facebook claims it failed to take appropriate action when some groups allegedly abused the platform to instigate violence against certain ethnic and religious groups in Myanmar back in 2018.

Back then, the social media giant had a team of 60 people managing 18 million Facebook users from Myanmar. To ensure proactive action, Facebook now has a team of dedicated “Afghanistan experts”.

The social media platform hasn’t mentioned how many people it has deployed for the sanitization efforts. Afghanistan is under siege, and the immediate future appears bleak.

The country does not have even the most basic communication infrastructure to organize groups. It is amply clear that Facebook is targeting international accounts that are directly or indirectly supporting the terrorist organization.

Facebook’s official spokesperson said:

“Facebook does not make decisions about the recognized government in any particular country but instead respects the authority of the international community in making these determinations. Regardless of who holds power, we will take the appropriate action against accounts and content that breaks our rules.”

Facebook has clarified that it is effectively taking down accounts and content that represent, support, and express approval of the Taliban. The platform also prevents users from praising the organization.

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