Donald Trump criticized Twitter for banning his account on that social network, but allowing the Taliban to use the platform to provide updates on their violent conquests in Afghanistan.
“It’s a shame when you think you have murderers, robbers and horrible dictators and countries, and all are active except the (former) president of the United States, who had hundreds of millions of people, by the way, “said the former president to Newsmax in a phone interview, Wednesday.
While Trump has been banned from the Twitter platform since the Deadly riots on Capitol Hill on January 6, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid is allowed to post updates freely.
Mujahid’s unverified account, which was used to provide updates on the Taliban capturing Afghan cities while aggressively taking control of the country in days, has amassed more than 335,000 followers. Another Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, had more than 68,000 followers last night.
Twitter issued a general statement about the presence of the radical Islamic militant group on the platform, but the company did not respond directly to criticism from the controversial former president Trump, he noted New York Post.
“The situation in Afghanistan is evolving rapidly,” the statement reads. “We are also witnessing people across the country using Twitter to seek help and assistance. Twitter’s top priority is keeping people safe and we stay vigilant. “
“We will continue to proactively enforce our rules and review content that may violate the Twitter Rules, specifically anti-Twitter policies. glorification of violence, manipulation of the platform and spam ”.
On January 8, Twitter announced that it was closing Trump’s account, when he was still president and had more than 80 million followers. The company said at the time it was doing so “due to the risk of further incitement to violence” following the Capitol uprising, which largely involved its supporters, causing five deaths.
In May, the almost independent Supervisory Board of the social network Facebook voted to maintain its ban on the platform. Last month, Trump demandó a Twitter, Facebook y YouTube for closing his accounts, in addition to taking similar actions against other conservatives, in what he called the “Illegal and shameful censorship of the American people.”
The class action lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for alleged First Amendment violations that Trump says could total “trillions” of dollars.
This week, Trump intensified his criticism of his successor Joe Biden and even asked for his resignation, not only because of the “shame” for what “has allowed” to happen in Afghanistan, but also because of the “tremendous” increase in COVID-19 cases and the “catastrophe on the border” between the US and Mexico, among others. reasons.
“Afghanistan is the most embarrassing military outcome in US history. It didn’t have to be like this!
I guess actually doing a real insurrection doesn’t count as breaking the rules anymore?!? https://t.co/nBBjG2AP5C
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 18, 2021
Trump is still banned while the Taliban can tweet: “It’s disgraceful,” the 45th President tells Greg Kelly, how ‘horrible dictators’ stay online while he remains suspended. pic.twitter.com/JOQFxPp8hv
— Newsmax (@newsmax) August 19, 2021
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.