On Tuesday, Facebook(FB) reiterated its ban on accounts praising, supporting, or representing the Taliban from its platforms, including WhatsApp and Instagram, and said that it would remove “accounts maintained by or on behalf of the Taliban.”
“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 company spokesperson said.
Facebook designates “dangerous organizations” into three tiers, with the first one being subjected to “the most extensive enforcement.” Entities in tier 1 include terrorist, hate, and criminal organizations.
While the Taliban have been banned from Facebook’s platforms for “years,” the company did not reveal when exactly the restrictions were placed.
The company said it employs a “dedicated team of Afghanistan experts, who are native Dari and Pashto speakers and have knowledge of local context” tasked with identifying “emerging issues.”