Ever since Taliban seized Afghanistan in a lightning advance, many people in the country have been trying to make their digital footprints disappear. These people fear Taliban reprisals. Human rights groups too have voiced concerns that the Taliban could use online platforms to track Afghans’ digital histories or social connections. In a move aimed to help these people, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have moved to secure the accounts of Afghan citizens to protect them from being targeted by Taliban. Here’s what Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are doing to protect Afghan people from Taliban.
Temporarily removes ability to view or search friends lists
Facebook has temporarily removed the ability for people to view or search users’ friends lists of accounts in Afghanistan.
One-click tool for Facebook users in Afghanistan to lock their accounts
Facebook has also launched a ‘one-click tool’ for users in Afghanistan to lock down their accounts. This tool aims to ensure that the people who are not on their Facebook friends list would be unable to see their timeline posts or share their profile photos.
Twitter removing archived tweets
Twitter Inc is working with the Internet Archive to expedite direct requests to remove archived tweets.
Twitter to temporarily suspend accounts
Twitter has said that if users are unable to access accounts containing information that could put them at risk, such as direct messages or followers, the company could temporarily suspend the accounts until users regain access and can delete their content.
Twitter is monitoring government affiliated accounts
Twitter said that it is proactively monitoring accounts affiliated with government organisations. It may also temporarily suspend accounts pending additional information till their identity is confirmed.
LinkedIn has temporarily hidden connections of its users in Afghanistan
Microsoft-owned professional networking site LinkedIn has temporarily hidden the connections of its users in Afghanistan so that other users would not be able to see them.
(With agency inputs)