Social media giant Facebook has said it has banned the Taliban and all content it supports from its platforms because it considers the group a terrorist organization, according to a media report.
The company says it has a dedicated team of Afghan experts to monitor and remove content associated with the insurgent group.
The Taliban have been using social media to spread their messages for years.
“The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and we have banned them from our services under our Dangerous Organizations Policy. This means removing accounts maintained by or on behalf of the Taliban and praising, supporting and representing of them,” a Facebook spokesperson told the BBC.
“We also have a dedicated team of Afghanistan experts, who are native Dari and Pashto speakers and have knowledge of the local context, who help us identify and warn of new issues on the platform,” the spokesperson said.
The social media giant said it does not make decisions about recognizing national governments, but instead follows the “authority of the international community”.
Facebook stressed that the policy applies to all of its platforms, including its flagship social media network, Instagram and WhatsApp.
However, there are reports that the Taliban is using WhatsApp to communicate.
Facebook told the BBC it would take action if it found accounts on the app that would be linked to the group.
The brutal war in Afghanistan reached a turning point on Sunday as Taliban insurgents approached Kabul before entering the city and taking over the presidential palace, forcing embattled President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country.
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