(TheDailyHorn.com) – Once again, controversy surrounds Twitter over its position regarding who can post on its platform and who cannot. It seems the big tech giant is taking sides, and it’s facing severe backlash over that practice.
In 2010, the US State Department designated the Taliban as a terrorist organization. Yet, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted about the terrorist group’s activities while violently taking over the country in the wake of the US military’s withdrawal. Hypocritically, the social media giant maintains its ban on former President Donald Trump over fake concerns he could incite violence in the wake of the January 6 riot. At this point, it’s painfully obvious that political concerns are the chief motivator behind Twitter’s censorship policy.
Twitter is Out of Control
Shockingly, Twitter said it would not remove the accounts of the Taliban spokesperson or other Taliban leaders. Instead, it stated its priority is ensuring people stay safe and that it’s only a violation of the platform’s terms of service if someone posts violent content. Mujahid boasts an impressive 315,000 Twitter followers, while Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi has more than 64,000.
French politician Jerome Riviere said that freedom and democracy aren’t well so long as the Taliban can post without any second thoughts. At the same time, Twitter continues to ban Donald Trump from its platform. It makes no practical sense that the publications of a former US president would suffer prohibition while a violent terrorist group and its extremist representatives can post with no fear of banishment.
Unlike Twitter, Facebook banned pro-Taliban content after its takeover of Afghanistan on Sunday. Because the Taliban is a terrorist organization under US law, Facebook censored the content under its “Dangerous Organization” policies.
Is Social Media Destructive?
As Twitter continues its crusade against former President Trump and conservatives, it’s creating unnecessary divisions over political issues. In April, NBC conducted a poll about social media. It concluded that 64% of Americans believe Big Tech is dividing America. Furthermore, this isn’t a partisan feeling. The numbers say that 77% of Republicans and 54% of Democrats believe the platforms are divisive. Only 27% say social media brings the country together.
The number of Americans who say social media is dividing America is up significantly from 2019. At that time, 57% said Facebook and Twitter created discord. That’s a seven-point jump.
The question is, how long will Americans put up with the double standard from an American company that protects terrorist interests over a US president’s freedom of speech?
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