Facebook Block Taliban's WhatsApp Accounts


Social media platform, Facebook have reportedly blocked WhatsApp accounts linked to the Taliban after the Islamic group forcefully seized power in Afghanistan and sought to use the messaging service to help it govern.


"The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and we have banned them from our services under our Dangerous Organization policies," a Facebook spokesperson told AFP.


According to the Financial Times, Facebook shut down a WhatsApp hotline the Taliban had set up to receive complaints about violence and looting. 


A WhatsApp spokesperson said in an email to AFP that the company is required to follow US sanctions.


"This includes banning accounts that appear to represent themselves as official accounts of the Taliban. We're seeking more information from relevant US authorities given the evolving situation in Afghanistan," the company said.

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