Facebook Blocks Taliban WhatsApp account
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Facebook Blocks Taliban WhatsApp account and few other accounts linked to the Taliban after the radical Islam group seized control of Afghanistan.

According to the Facebook spokesperson, “The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and we have banned them from our services under our Dangerous Organization policies.”

The Taliban group is known to set up a helpline on WhatsApp for citizens to complain about violence, looting, and other problems related to law and order. According to The Financial Times, similar helplines have been set up by the group similar helpline have been setup

WhatsApp also told FT, it is actively looking for group names and descriptions to identify such groups. The social media giant is also taking the help of local language speakers to identify these groups. However, due to the end-to-end encryption feature on WhatsApp, it is turning out to be a challenge for WhatsApp.

Earlier the social media network faced severe criticism for not blocking the Taliban account as the group was taking over Afghanistan. It is mending its ways by actively removing accounts even if they appear to be officially representing the Taliban.

A Facebook spokesperson told AFP, the company does not take “decisions about the recognized government in any particular country but instead respects the authority of the international community.”

The statement just goes to say the company is merely following the US sanction laws and has not taken any decision based on political pressure.

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