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Twitter faces scrutiny as Taliban fighters continue using Big Tech platform during Afghanistan turmoil

Twitter continues to face pressure over its decision to allow the Taliban to use its platform while maintaining its ban of former President Donald Trump and censoring other right-leaning American accounts.

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.

Mujahid’s account is not verified but has nearly 280,000 followers and is regularly cited by major news outlets. He recently tweeted an update on “military units” entering Kabul and wrote that their “advance is continuing normally.” On Tuesday, he used Twitter to announce a press conference that afternoon, and Twitter also allowed him to post warnings and statements as Kabul fell to the radical group.

“The situation in Afghanistan is rapidly evolving,” a Twitter spokesperson told Fox News. “We’re also witnessing people in the country using Twitter to seek help and assistance. Twitter’s top priority is keeping people safe, and we remain vigilant. We will continue to proactively enforce our rules and review content that may violate Twitter Rules, specifically policies against glorification of violence and platform manipulation and spam.”

Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter in January for what the Big Tech giant called incitement of violence surrounding the Capitol riot. CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan, whose outlet was supportive of Trump’s ban, tweeted Tuesday, “The former President of the United States is banned from Twitter but the Taliban is not.”

“Whether you agree with deplatforming or not, there’s clearly some big holes in the company’s policy,” he added.

International observers have condemned the Taliban for its violent subjugation of the Afghan people, particularly women, as reports of executions, rapes, forced marriages, and terror alarm the world.

The Trump camp doesn’t have confidence, even with mainstream media criticism of the inconsistent bans and suspensions, that Twitter or other Big Tech outlets will reassess how they make such weighty calls.

“They’ve let the leaders of Iran, the CCP, all of our enemies tweet unabated. They view patriotic Americans as a greater threat,” a source close to Trump told Fox News. “They are out of control, dot not believe in the First Amendment, and that is why President Trump is suing them to defend our fundamental rights as a republic.”

The former president filed a class-action lawsuit against Twitter, Google, and Facebook last month, alleging censorship by the Big Tech giants.

Biotech CEO slams Twitter for allowing Taliban on platform, says Big Tech has ‘turned their back on America’
Biotech CEO slams Twitter for allowing Taliban on platform, says Big Tech has ‘turned their back on America’
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“Woke, Inc.”author Vivek Ramaswamy told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday that Twitter was guilty of “staggering” hypocrisy.

The discussion about their terms of use or their terms of service really is just a smokescreen for being able to do whatever allows them to aggregate the most power on a given day, and the fact that they are now advancing the Taliban’s ability to stage a coup while the 45th President of the United States cannot access the same platform says how far we’ve come since 20 years ago,” he said.

The Babylon Bee ribbed Twitter over the situation with an article headlined, “Trump Sneaks Back On Twitter By Disguising Self As Taliban Spokesperson.”

Twitter has repeatedly come under fire for locking right-leaning accounts for apparently subjective reasons. Conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey was recently suspended after referring to New Zealand’s transgender Olympic athlete Laurel Hubbard as a “man,” Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy was suspended in June for unknown reasons, and sports writer Jason Whitlock was briefly locked out that month over a tweet criticizing a Black Lives Matter co-founder, ostensibly over Twitter’s ban against publishing another person’s private information. Twitter later called it an error.

Perhaps the most infamous example of Twitter inconsistency came last year when it blocked the sharing of a New York Post story about the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop, claiming it violated the company’s policy against sharing hacked materials. In another statement, it said articles by the Post “include personal and private information — like email addresses and phone numbers — which violate our rules.”

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