Over the weekend, the Taliban entered Kabul, Afghanistan, and seized control of the presidential palace, replacing the nation’s flag with their own and declaring the impending establishment of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
As their fighters entered the capital, Taliban spokesmen updated their progress on Twitter.
This was a rather glaring inconsistency of Twitter’s often subjectively applied community standards, under which western commentators and even politicians have been censored or outright banned from the network.
“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,” French politician Jerome Riviere wrote on Twitter, as reported by Fox News.
On January 8, now-former President Donald Trump was suspended from the platform over tweets surrounding his claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
During the January 6 breach of Capitol Hill as the electoral votes were being certified by a joint session of Congress, Trump had immediately called for peace and told his supporters to go home.
He was nonetheless banned from Twitter over concerns he could provoke “further incitement of violence” for a tweet that 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!”
This week, as Taliban fighters descended on Kabul amid a frenzied attempt on the part of U.S. forces to evacuate as many Americans and friendly Afghans as they could, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the terror group, was tweeting out regular updates.
“We assured all embassies, diplomatic centers, institutions and places and foreign nationals in Kabul that they will not face any danger. Let everyone be in Kabul with full confidence, the forces of the Islamic Emirate are tasked with strengthening the security of Kabul and all other cities,” Zabihullah wrote in Arabic, according to Breitbart News.
Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R), a former Navy SEAL who served and was injured in Afghanistan, noticed the glaring double-standard on the part of Twitter.
Hey @jack why does the Taliban get an account..?
You see why Americans are pissed about your BS standards? https://t.co/Kyjp0aNpBP
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) August 15, 2021
“Hey @jack why does the Taliban get an account?” he asked, tagging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
“You see why Americans are pissed about [your] standards?” he added.
Breitbart noted that Zabihullah was tweeting consistently during the Taliban takeover, as were Dr. M. Naeem and Suhail Shaheen, fellow spox for the terror group.
په افغانستان کې د فتوحاتو په اړه د سیاسي مرستیال محترم ملا برادر اخوند مبارکي پيغام pic.twitter.com/jKBR5bqE0v
— Dr.M.Naeem (@IeaOffice) August 15, 2021
The Western Journal also noted that in May, Hamas leaders tweeted out their support of terror attacks in Palestine.
They kicked Donald Trump off of Twitter. Meanwhile, the leader of Hamas is on this platform celebrating "the bombing of Tel Aviv." pic.twitter.com/GSnoQwdIJr
— Jordan Schachtel @ dossier.substack.com (@JordanSchachtel) May 11, 2021
Twitter has long been criticized for applying double standards to western conservatives while terror groups like the Taliban and Hamas as well as antifa agitators in the U.S. have issued content calling for or praising violence with little recourse.
Former President Trump, meanwhile, is filing a class action lawsuit accusing Facebook, Twitter, and Google of unfairly discriminating against certain viewpoints on their platforms.
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