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Facebook removes Afghan media pages controlled by Taliban

Facebook has removed the accounts of at least two state-owned media outlets in Afghanistan, the company confirms, saying it is complying with laws in the United States listing the Taliban as a “terrorist organization.”

The Taliban have made liberal use of Facebook and Twitter since seizing power in August last year, and have a firm grip on state-owned media in the country — including radio and TV stations, and newspapers.

“The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and they are banned from using our services,” a Meta spokesperson says. “We remove accounts maintained by or on behalf of the Taliban and prohibit praise, support, and representation of them.”

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