You know the world has turned upside-down when US companies like Facebook get torched on free speech and censorship by, wait for it, the Taliban.
Yes, THAT Taliban. The same one that just handed Joe Biden a humiliating defeat with the takeover of Afghanistan.
When asked if the new government would allow free speech, the Taliban spokesman said journalists should talk to Facebook, a company that routinely censors speech it doesn’t like.
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“This question should be asked to those people who are claiming to be promoters of freedom of speech, who do not allow publication of all information and news,” the spokesman replied. “I can ask Facebook. This question should be asked to them.”
The Taliban spokesman got a question about freedom of speech and he said the question should be asked to US companies like Facebook who claim to promote it while still censoring pic.twitter.com/woXd5RRCWK
— Liam McCollum (@MLiamMcCollum) August 17, 2021
Twitchy noted: “You know you suck when the actual Taliban thinks you censor too much and too many people.”
Pastor Rich Penkoski, a Christian who seemingly can’t post a picture of a ham sandwich without getting banned by the site or flamed by LGBT activists, said in an email obtained by the Conservative Firing Line the social media giant “should be embarrassed.”
“You should be embarrassed,” he told several individuals at Facebook. “The Taliban spokesman got a question about freedom of speech and he said the question should be asked to US companies like Facebook who claim to promote it while still censoring.”
“Facebook should be embarrassed by this. A murderous Regime using them as an example to prove how hypocritical they are,” he said on YouTube. Penkoski and his ministry has long been a target of Facebook censors, as we have reported several times over the years.
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On Tuesday, Facebook announced that it will continue its ban on the Taliban’s promotion of content or messages on its platform, including Instagram and WhatsApp. “The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under U.S. law and we have banned them from our services under our Dangerous Organization policies,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
“We also have a dedicated team of Afghanistan experts, who are native Dari and Pashto speakers and have knowledge of local context, helping to identify and alert us to emerging issues on the platform,” the spokesperson added.
Facebook has banned the Taliban for several years and has routinely moderated or removed accounts that are operated by Taliban leaders. Though the ban includes Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp, removing Taliban content on the platform has proven trickier due to encrypted communications.
Others had something to say as well:
Facebook being called out by the Taliban is not what I expected to see today
— usafinks (@usafinks) August 17, 2021
@Facebook burned by the Taliban.
— Jenny 2021 Optimist (@JCEdmund) August 17, 2021
It certainly makes one wonder what the world is coming to…
Amazing and correct
— Wendy Morris (@morrislaw) August 17, 2021
As we and others have reported, the Taliban spokesman does have a Twitter account, even as the 45th President of the United States remains banned from the platform.
Welcome to bizarro-world…
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