Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn protect the accounts of Afghan users

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have issued statements regarding the ban on their services in Afghanistan. He said that this week he has ensured the security of the accounts of Afghans amid the rapid occupation of Afghanistan by the Taliban. Facebook has temporarily removed the ability to view or search people’s friend lists in Afghanistan, its head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher tweeted on Thursday.

Gleicher also said that the company had launched a “one-click tool” for users in Afghanistan to lock down their accounts so people who aren’t their Facebook friends can’t see their Timeline posts or share their profile photos. will be unable.

Human rights groups have expressed concern that the Taliban could use online platforms to track Afghans’ digital histories or social connections. Amnesty International said this week that thousands of Afghans, including academics, journalists and human rights defenders, are at serious risk of Taliban retaliation.

The former captain of the Afghan women’s football team has also urged players to remove social media and erase their public identities. Twitter said it is in contact with civil society partners to provide support to groups in the country and is working with Internet Archive to expedite direct requests to remove the archived tweets.

It said that if individuals were unable to access accounts that could put them at risk, such as Direct Messages or followers, the company could temporarily suspend the accounts until users regain access. And not be able to delete your content.

Twitter also said it is continuously monitoring accounts affiliated with government organizations and may temporarily suspend accounts pending additional information to confirm their identities. A LinkedIn spokesperson said the Microsoft-owned professional networking site has temporarily hidden the connections of its users in Afghanistan so that other users can’t see them.


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