Social networks keep Afghans’ accounts secure

Human rights organizations warn that the Taliban could use internet platforms to monitor Afghan social ties and political views. Amnesty International said this week that thousands of Afghan university teachers, journalists and activists were at risk of reprisals. Lots of people out there delete their social media profiles for sure.

In response to the situation, Facebook has temporarily disabled browsing and searching the friends list of Afghan users. Afghans also have the option to lock their profile with one click so that people outside of their Facebook friends cannot see their posts or share their profile photos.

Twitter announced its cooperation with the non-profit Internet Archive portal, which collects old versions of websites and contributions to this social network. The objective of the cooperation is to ensure rapid processing of requests to delete certain archived positions. Twitter also offers the option of requesting the suspension of an account if a user cannot access it, and believes that it contains information that could put them at risk.

A spokesperson for LinkedIn, which operates a professional social network of the same name, said the company has stopped showing Afghan users who they have contacted on the platform.

Western countries, which recently withdrew their troops from Afghanistan after 20 years, are trying to quickly evacuate some Afghans who they say face the greatest danger after the rise of the Taliban. States often create special immigration programs to help vulnerable Afghans and their families flee the country.

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