A weird year is shaping up to become even weirder on the heels of the chaos that has erupted in Afghanistan over the past week.
According to the Washington Examiner, Taliban leadership has used Twitter to provide updates on their forceful takeover of Afghanistan with virtually no interference from the Big Tech social media platform, as apparently, the Taliban haven’t violated any of its policies. Yet, former President Donald Trump, known for his “mean” tweets, is still banned from expressing his opinion on the platform.
What’s going on?
It’s the Twitter account of Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the terrorist group known as the Taliban, that’s garnering most of the attention.
Within the last week or so, Mujahid has managed to amass nearly 300,000 followers as the Taliban broadcasted their progress regarding their military takeover of the war-torn nation, which they accomplished in roughly 10 days.
Some of the messaging that he pushes on the Taliban account is that the takeover of the country has been mostly peaceful, despite a number of reports that say otherwise, not to mention the Taliban’s current mission of going door-to-door to hunt down U.S. allied Afghan fighters.
The Taliban leader has also claimed that residents of the nation are happy to see Taliban forces in the streets. “The general public is happy with the arrival of the Mujahideen and satisfied with the security,” Mujahid reportedly tweeted on Monday.
Another reported Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, is also active on the platform and has roughly 60,000 followers.
Trump still banned
Twitter generated incredible controversy earlier this year following the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 when the platform, along with others, announced the banning of the United States president over rhetoric that they claimed was a violation of their policies.
Trump has used his political action committees and email campaigns to reach his followers with his opinions on various situations and has already opined on the developments in Afghanistan, including calling for President Joe Biden’s resignation.
Twitter has reportedly been contacted over their allowing Taliban spokespeople to give real-time updates on the terrorist group’s takeover of Afghanistan, only to say in response that the platform is “proactively removing content that violates our policies.”
Trump, who was reached for comment on the issue, didn’t immediately respond to the Examiner for comment.
Given the former president’s massive influence that he wielded on Twitter, especially with his continued criticism of the Biden administration, it’s not surprising that the progressive elitists at Twitter headquarters are keeping him sidelined for the time being.