Facebook Removes ‘Freind List Search’ To Protect Afghan Users As Taliban Gains Power

Social media giant, Facebook has brought a safety measures for users in Afghanistan for worried that Taliban who had just gained power after ousting out the sitting government might be tracking opposition using social media.

This was revealed in a tweet on Thursday by Facebook’s head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher who said that the company has removed the ability to view and search the ‘Friends’ list for Facebook accounts in Afghanistan” to protect people from being targeted.

The tweet further read that the firm has launched a one-click tool for people in Afghanistan to quickly lock down their account. When their profile is locked, people who aren’t their friends can’t download or share their profile photo or see posts on their timelines.

He added that Facebook-owned Instagram they are rolling out pop-up alerts in Afghanistan with specific steps on how to protect their accounts and that they are working closely with counterparts in industry, civil society and government to provide whatever support they can to help protect people.

Earlier, the tech giant confirmed it would continue to ban Taliban content from its platforms as it considers the group to be a terrorist organisation.

The move by Facebook is observed to be followed by other tech giants like LinkedIn and Twitter. LinkedIn on it side has taken steps by hiding the connections of anyone in the country while Twitter issued a statement that ; “top priority is keeping people safe, and we remain vigilant”.

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