Facebook says it helped people flee Afghanistan

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Recently Facebook revealed that it helped 175 citizens leave Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country.

The company said some staff members were also on the flight to Mexico City.

According to the Mexican government, the flight was carrying activists and independent journalists along with their families, including 75 children.

Multi-national companies and organisations have continued to escape the country.

“In the process of assisting Facebook employees and close partners leave Afghanistan, we joined an effort to help a group of journalists and their families who were in grave danger,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

It further added – “Thanks to the leadership of the Mexican government, and the support of the UAE in providing the initial landing, the journalists have been welcomed in Mexico.” 

 

Facebook refused to give any further information due to the ongoing security situation in Afghanistan. 

The Mexican government said the group of Afghan citizens arrived in the country on Wednesday: 

“This group, the fourth to come to Mexico for humanitarian reasons due to the situation in Afghanistan, is made up of social media workers, activists and independent journalists and their families, including 75 children.”

 

The firm brought in new safety measures for users who are scared for their safety, about two weeks ago. 

The additional measures were announced by Facebook’s head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher.

“We’ve 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 timeline,” Mr Gleicher tweeted.

Moreover, Facebook confirmed that it will continue to ban Taliban content from its platforms as it considers the group to be a terrorist organisation.

“The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and we have banned them from our services under our Dangerous Organisation policies. This means we remove accounts maintained by or on behalf of the Taliban and prohibit praise, support, and representation of them,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

 

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