Former President Donald Trump is banned from Twitter.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid is not (in fact, he has more than 300,000 followers).
In January, Twitter suspended the former President’s account in the wake of the Capitol riot, claiming the following:
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Here’s the Tweet that got Trump banned:
“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!!!”
That was enough to remove a sitting American President from the platform.
Now, when a Twitter spokesperson was asked about banning the Taliban, sanctioned as a terrorist group under U.S. law, they predictably sidestepped the question with boilerplate bull. Twitter says they will “continue to proactively enforce” rules outlawing the “glorification of violence, platform manipulation and spam.”
“Twitter’s top priority is keeping people safe, and we remain vigilant.”
Safe how? By providing a platform for voices that shoot women in the street for not wearing a burqa? Because that’s something the Taliban did the same day they promised to play nice and honor “women’s rights.” They also fired on a crowd that was peacefully protesting while waving an Afghanistan flag.
Is that enough violence for you, Mr. Dorsey?
Facebook, Tik Tok, and YouTube have all released statements supporting the ban of the terrorist group from their platforms. Why won’t Twitter get on board? It took two days for them to ban Trump. Why has the Taliban been tweeting for two decades?