January 20, 2022

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Facebook claims to have assisted people fleeing Afghanistan, including employees

According to a source, Facebook assisted in the evacuation of 175 Afghan civilians after the Taliban assumed control of the country.

Some employees were also on the flight to Mexico City, according to the company. According to the Mexican government, the flight was transporting activists and independent journalists, as well as their families, including 75 children.

Multinational corporations and organisations have withdrawn from Afghanistan.

“The journalists have been welcomed in Mexico thanks to the leadership of the Mexican government and the cooperation of the UAE in providing the initial landing,” the business noted.

Due to the ongoing security situation in Afghanistan, the firm refuses to provide any other information.

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

Facebook added additional safety features for users concerned about their safety in Afghanistan two weeks ago, as the Taliban tightened their hold on power.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of security policy, announced the new measures. “For people in Afghanistan, we’ve introduced a one-click solution to rapidly shut down their accounts. People who aren’t their friends can’t download or share their profile photos or read posts on their timeline if their profile is closed. “Mr. Gleicher sent out a tweet.

The company also announced earlier this month that it will continue to block Taliban content from its platforms because the group is considered a terrorist organization by the corporation.

“Under US law, the Taliban is designated as a terrorist organization, and we have prohibited them from using our services under our Dangerous Organization policy. This means we deactivate accounts run by or on behalf of the Taliban, as well as banning praise, support, and representation of the group. “ According to the BBC, a Facebook spokeswoman said. The World Bank froze project funding in Afghanistan last week, citing concerns about how the Taliban’s takeover may harm “the country’s development prospects, particularly for women.”

The decision was made just days after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) halted disbursements to the country.