Donald Trump Slams Twitter For Banning Him While Allowing The Taliban To Tweet
Donald Trump has called out Twitter for allowing the Taliban to tweet while still upholding his ban from the site.
The former US president was blocked from Twitter after the January 6 Capitol insurrection because he was accused of inciting his followers to commit violence.
He also continually claimed he won the 2020 US Election, despite showing no evidence, which further fuelled doubt in the American electoral system.
While he was slammed for what he spouted between November to January, he feels the tech company is hypocritical for letting the Taliban have an account.
He told US news channel Newsmax: "It's disgraceful when you think that you have killers and muggers and dictators and horrible ... some horrible dictators and countries, and they're all on but the president of the United States, who had hundreds of millions of people, by the way, he gets taken off."
The militant organisation swept through Afghanistan over the last two weeks, seized control of the country and has started to form a government.
They have been posting updates on Twitter and questions have been asked about whether their account should remain visible to the public.
A spokesperson for the company said they will be able to continue posting as long as they don't 'glorify violence'.
"The situation in Afghanistan is rapidly evolving, and we're witnessing people in the country using Twitter to seek help and assistance," the person said.
"Twitter's top priority is keeping people safe, and we remain vigilant.
"We will continue to proactively enforce our rules and review content that may violate Twitter Rules, specifically policies against glorification of violence and platform manipulation and spam."
Facebook has banned the Taliban and its previous spokesmen for years because they view them as 'dangerous'. They've also been blocked by the likes of TikTok and YouTube.
US politicians have sent letters to Twitter's CEO calling on him to reconsider their position and outright ban any accounts related to the Taliban.
Trump used his interview with Newsmax to praise the Taliban's military strength while also condemning US President Joe Biden for allowing this to happen.
"These are great fighters. They've been fighting for 2000 years. That's what they do is they fight," he said.
"Well it's inconceivable that [the US military] could be so incompetent, stupid ... use any word you want to use ... to imagine that you take out your military before you take out your US citizens and civilians and others that may be helped us."
But Joe Biden has hit back at the criticism and claimed it wouldn't have mattered if the US stayed in Afghanistan for another 20 years as the Taliban was always going to want to take back control.