Twitter is coming under fire for its decision to ban former President Donald Trump, while allowing the social media account for “Zabihullah Mujahid,” one of the official spokespersons for the Taliban, to broadcast information about “military units” moving into Kabul, Afghanistan.
Jerome Riviere, a French politician, expressed his outrage on Twitter writing, “Freedom and democracy are not doing well when #Twitter continues to ban #Trump’s account but relays the #Taliban spokesperson’s without any second thoughts.”
Mujahid’s account is not verified but appears authentic due to his follower count of well over 287,000, and frequent reposts from national media outlets.
On January 8, two days after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Twitter permanently disabled Trump’s account claiming his presence on the platform would only cause greater violence on Twitter.
Twitter cited a tweet from the former president on Jan. 8 that read: “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape, or form!”
“It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the Border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy,” the former president wrote in a statement on Sunday.
“Can anyone even imagine taking out our Military before evacuating civilians and others who have been good to our Country and who should be allowed to seek refuge? In addition, these people left topflight and highly sophisticated equipment. Who can believe such incompetence? Under my Administration, all civilians and equipment would have been removed,” Trump said on Monday.