Social media platforms like Twitter are giving the Taliban, a terrorist organization, a public platform having permanently banned American citizens and the President of the United States himself.
After Facebook and YouTube moved to ban any accounts associated with the Taliban following their takeover of Afghanistan, Twitter faced scrutiny as to why it hadn’t followed suit.
When a Taliban representative was asked for a response on the ban, he chided Facebook for tacitly supporting free speech while silencing those who express the wrong opinions.
“This question should be asked to those people who are claiming promoters of freedom of speech, who do not allow publication of all information. I can ask the Facebook company. This question should be asked to them,” said the Taliban spokesman.
However, Twitter has yet to suspend any major Taliban accounts, having previously banned the sitting President of the United States, Donald Trump, back in January.
“A spokesman for the radical Islamist group that has seized control of Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid, has been using the platform to give updates about the group’s advance,” reports Fox News.
Twitter has indicated that prominent Taliban members will be free to continue to use the platform so long as they “obey the rules.”
The Babylon Bee joked that Trump had secretly sneaked back on Twitter by identifying as a Taliban spokesperson.