Facebook has suspended the pages of the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan National Television and Bakhtar news agency. The said pages are no longer accessible.

Facebook had suspended the Pashto and Dari pages of this media organization, according to Ahmadullah Wasiq, head of Afghanistan National Television.

When the Taliban took Kabul on August 15, 2021, they seized control of Afghanistan National Television’s media center. As a result, they conducted extensive media activities. However, the pages of this media center and Bakhtar News Agency are currently inaccessible.

The pages of Taliban-controlled government agencies in Afghanistan on the Facebook social networking site were previously closed, by Facebook.

Facebook, one of the most widely used social networks worldwide, was the first to name the Taliban as a terrorist organization following their takeover in mid-August, 2021, merely two days after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan.

Facebook perceives the Taliban to be a “terrorist organization” and has banned the publication of any materials created by or supporting this organization on its social media platform.

According to a Facebook spokesperson, this social media platform enforces its anti-Taliban policy on all of its platforms, including Facebook itself, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

While the Taliban has long used Facebook as a social media platform for information and public outreach, Taliban officials and spokespersons are more active on Twitter.

Author

  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).