Platforms struggle with Taliban policy amid chaotic US withdrawal

Platforms struggle with Taliban policy amid chaotic US withdrawal


Taliban fighters patrol a road in Kabul | Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images

Social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are coming under new scrutiny for the way they treat Taliban accounts, as the militant Islamist group emerges as the dominant power in Afghanistan in the wake of the US withdrawal. While none of the platforms have publicly changed their policies on the group, moderation practices have come under close scrutiny, and many are shifting resources to ensure the policies are appropriately enforced.

A particular question raised by The Washington Post is whether the group will be allowed to wrest control of the official Facebook and Twitter accounts for the government of Afghanistan. While the Taliban has seized effective control over the government, granting access to official accounts…

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