While Twitter has permanently banned the former President of the United States the platform is still allowing the Taliban’s spokesman to operate his account without consequence.
According to The Daily Wire:
Twitter is taking heat for banning the former president while allowing Zabihullah Mujahid to use the social media platform to tweet updates on “military units” entering Kabul, Afghanistan. He recently wrote that their “advance is continuing normally.”
Mujahid’s account is not verified but appears authentic. He has more than 287,000 followers and is regularly cited by major news outlets.
Several people posted tweets supposedly written by Majhid, whose bio says, “Official Twitter Account of the Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.”
“Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says in order to prevent looting and chaos their forces will enter some parts of Kabul and occupy outposts that have been evacuated by security forces. He asks the people to not panic from their entrance into the city,” wrote one person.
Why on God's green Earth does the Taliban spokesman have an active Twitter account but not the former President of the United States?
Who’s side is the AMERICA BASED Big-Tech companies on? https://t.co/wzQyzQ1lZX
— Rep. Madison Cawthorn (@RepCawthorn) August 15, 2021
On Tuesday, Twitter still refused to join other Big Tech platforms like Facebook in banning the Taliban from sharing content.
Asked on Tuesday whether Twitter would join Facebook, TikTok and other tech companies in banning the terror group, a spokesman for the company sidestepped the question, saying in a statement it would “continue to proactively enforce” its rules on the “glorification of violence, platform manipulation and spam.” The statement also took a moment to sell the company as a communication platform, saying it was “witnessing people in the country using Twitter to seek help and assistance.”
The company added in its statement, “Twitter’s top priority is keeping people safe, and we remain vigilant.”