Twitter under fire as treatment of Taliban versus Trump laid bare
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Twitter has come under fire after the platform has allowed several Taliban representatives to post updates on the group’s conquest but continues to ban former President Donald Trump from the site. Mr Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter following the Capitol Hill riots at the beginning of the year with the platform worried he would further incite violence through his tweets. However, spokespersons Zabihullah Mujahid and Suhail Shaheen have been allowed to remain on Twitter claiming “peaceful” takeovers of areas in Afghanistan despite reports claiming to the contrary.
Mr Shaheen has been invited onto several major news networks, including Sky News and the BBC, to give updates on the Taliban’s future goals and to address what he calls “rumours” dreamt up by opponents against the Taliban.
Biotech CEO and author Vivek Ramaswamy attacked Twitter’s decision, stating some of the world’s most powerful groups are essentially “turning their back” on America.
He told Fox News: “Yeah look the hypocrisy is staggering and these companies are the most powerful companies, I believe in human history.
“And they have turned their back on America and, this is actually not only one of the things I talk about in my book, but this is also one of the themes that we ought to appreciate as an American people right now.
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“Is that the companies that we have produced are not advancing American interests one bit.
“And the fact that they are now advancing the Taliban’s ability to stage a coup, while the 45th president of the United States cannot access the same platform says how far we’ve come since 20 years ago.
“I was in US history class when those two planes hit the twin towers on 9/11 in 2001.
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“I could not imagine that 20 years later, platforms in the United States would censor the president of the United States while enabling the Taliban to fly their flag over the US Embassy undeployed anniversary of 9/11 – It’s staggering.”
A Twitter spokesperson said the platform would be “proactively removing content that violates our policies” but did not address the Taliban spokesmen on the site.
Facebook has announced it would be removing posts that support the Taliban on its platform, adding they hope the site will be open to those fleeing persecution to share their stories.
In the US, the Taliban is considered to be a terror organisation under the law with Facebook backing the Government’s decision.
The decision from Facebook also applied to its other platforms like Instagram and WhatsApp.
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Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen told BBC News the group would not seek “revenge” for those who have worked with western forces and claims his group are seeking “peaceful transfers of power”.
He added the Taliban were “servants of the people” and urged people to stay and not evacuate the country.
The Taliban have also said in the press conference that women will be able to go to school and work as normal but will live under the rules of Sharia law.
It means many will be required to wear Islamic dress like a burqa when in public.
Many women fear a return to the repressive Taliban regime in the 1990s which prevented women from going to schools and walking around in public without a male guardian.
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