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  • Jesus Arambula

Taliban Trumps Twitter

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Recently, the Islamist Taliban forces have toppled over Afghanistan's second and third of its largest cities. Because of these events, the United States will now be more involved with the events happening in Afghanistan. Several days ago, Biden announced a 5,000 troop deployment to Afghanistan "ensure 'orderly and safe' drawdown." But as the Taliban moves forward with its plans, a Taliban spokesperson speaks out on Twitter about their mission. Now, Twitter is facing scrutiny as the platform allows the Taliban to speak out. At the same time, former president Donal Trump's account remains suspended.

People working for the Taliban forces can speak out on the platform regarding their missions. On Monday, August 16th, Zabihullah Mujahid, one of the two official spokespersons for the Taliban, posted on Twitter that "Kabul is under the control of the city, special units of the Islamic Emirate have been deployed in different parts of the city to provide security." The general public is happy with the arrival of the Mujahideen and satisfied with the security." They had also posted a video and a tweet interviewing people about their appearance. The people responded positively to their arrival. Mujahid's account is not verified but has over 280,000 followers and many other news outlets cited.

Mujahid also tweeted that "military units" have been moving into Kabul, where refugees flee from Afghanistan and into US safe forces. On Tuesday, August 17th, Muhajid announced a press conference. Twitter allowed them to post warnings to the opposing sides as Kabul fell under Taliban control. A Twitter spokesperson told FoxNews that they are "witnessing people in the country using Twitter to seek help and assistance "and that Twitter is focusing on "keeping people safe." However, Twitter is facing scrutiny as Trump remains suspended since January.

Twitter had permanently suspended Trump from Twitter due to what the company called an "incitement of violence surrounding the Capitol riot" earlier this year. People everywhere have condemned the Taliban forces for their violent behaviours against the Afghan people, including executions, rape, forced marriages, and other terror alerts worldwide. Twitter is not under fire for letting radical extremists share their violent behaviours over Twitter, while Trump remains banned. Whether or not people agree with Trump, there are certainly some holes in Twitter's policy by letting these types of groups post whatever they want on their platform.


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