Taliban Spokesman Tweets Freely on Twitter While Trump’s Ban Remains
Tech giant slammed for allowing terrorist to use platform
A key Taliban spokesman has been using Twitter to post updates on the terrorist group's advancements in Afghanistan while President Donald Trump is still banned from the platform.
Although the account of Zabihullah Mujahid is not verified, it still has 280,000 followers and a powerful reach.
Mujahid recently posted an update on "military units" entering Kabul.
He wrote the Taliban's "advance is continuing normally."
Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn Tweeted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asking why he is allowing a terrorist group to post while Trump is still banned:
"Hey @Jack, why is Zabihullah Mujahid, the official spokesperson of the Taliban, allowed to have a @Twitter account, but the former President of the United States is not," he wrote.
Jerome Riviere, the French politician, also wrote:
"Freedom and democracy are not doing well when #Twitter continues to ban #Trump’s account but relays the #Taliban spokesperson’s without any second thoughts."
Earlier this year, Twitter announced Trump's ban from the platform was permanent, and his account would not be reinstated even if he was to return to the White House.
Twitter Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal scrambled to assure investors that Twitter would prevail despite banning its most famous and popular user.
“The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform,” Segal said.
“Whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO, or you are a former or current public official.”
“Remember, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service, and our policies don’t allow people to come back,” he added.
Twitter's decision to ban Trump came following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Twitter pointed to a tweet from Trump which read:
"The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future.
"They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape, or form!"
The Taliban, who is now reclaiming huge swathes of Afghanistan, is known for killing thousands of civilians in the country.
The terror group also barred women from receiving educations or leaving their house without a male relative between 1996 and 2001.
Last week, Trump torched Biden amid the Afghanistan disaster.
In a statement, Trump said:
“Biden gets it wrong every time on foreign policy."
Trump also warned that because of Biden's weakness, the Taliban no longer fears or respects America.
He noted in his statement that “everyone knew” Biden would not have performed under pressure and has gotten it wrong in making foreign policy decisions.
On Friday, a senior Biden official admitted they were “powerless” to protect young girls and women in Afghanistan from the Taliban.
“We empowered them to lead, and now we are powerless to protect them,” Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Molly Montgomery posted on Twitter.