Social media sites have begun using various digital methods to protect pro-American people in Afghanistan.

Leading  technology companies have also stepped in to protect those working for the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan from the Taliban.

Social media

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn have started using various methods to protect individuals affiliated with pro-US and human rights organizations in Afghanistan. Below is how these companies are providing digital security to pro-American people.

Facebook

Facebook is removing Taliban-related content from its platforms around the world. In Afghanistan, users’ ability to view friends’ lists has also been temporarily blocked. After that, the people in Afghanistan can neither see the people in another person’s friend list nor can they find a person by name.

Facebook has also introduced a new feature called ‘One Click Tool’ for its users in Afghanistan, under which anyone can lock their accounts. The purpose of introducing this tool is to ensure that people who are not on your friends list will not be able to share your timeline post or profile picture.

Twitter

The Twitter administration has directly requested the Internet Archives to destroy the archived tweets of Twitter users in Afghanistan (tweets that have been preserved as evidence) as soon as possible. At the same time, Twitter has begun temporarily shutting down accounts.

In this regard, the Twitter administration says that if the user is not able to access accounts that contain endangered information such as direct messages or followers, the company will temporarily suspend those accounts until then. Will suspend until the user regains access and deletes their content.

Twitter is also monitoring accounts linked to government agencies. And Twitter is also temporarily suspending accounts that reveal someone’s identity.

LinkedIn

Like Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn has begun temporarily hiding the connections of its users in Afghanistan. So that other users can’t see them.

The people of Afghanistan will have a government that will be acceptable to the international community- Hekmatyar

Hinting at the incitement of people by the foreign intelligence agencies to revolt he said that Afghanistan would soon have a government that would be nationally and internationally acceptable.In an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan , Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said he was confident that formal talks between Afghan factions to form a new government would begin in the next few days after the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.

FILE – This file image made from video released to the Associated Press during the week of Nov. 21, 2015 shows Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, now in his late 60s, in an undisclosed location. The United Nations removed the name of the former Afghan warlord from its Islamic State group and al-Qaida sanctions list. According to a statement posted Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, by the Security Council, a U.N. committee removed Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s name from the sanctions list. (AP photo via AP video, File)

He hoped that a government would soon be established in Kabul that would be acceptable to the people of Afghanistan and the international community.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said all parties realized that Afghan political leaders and the Taliban should hold formal talks to form a new government in Afghanistan.

He said that informal contacts were underway in this regard which would soon turn into formal talks.

He said that the Taliban had been saying in their statements that they did not want to impose the Islamic Emirate of their choice but would prefer the formation of a coalition government in consultation with all parties.

The head of Hezb-e-Islami has said that the enemies of peace do not want a stable and strong central government in Afghanistan, some foreign intelligence agencies are inciting the Afghan people to revolt.

To a question, he said that India should focus on its internal issues instead of issuing statements on the future of Afghanistan.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said that India should refrain from using Afghan territory against Pakistan to avenge the struggle of Kashmiris in its illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Despite the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul on August 15, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is one of the leaders in Ashraf Ghani’s government who is in Kabul and has direct contact with the Taliban.

Taliban leader Anas Haqqani met Gulbuddin Hekmatyar two days ago. He also met former presidents Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah.

Details of Afghan political leaders’ meeting with the Taliban were not released to the media, but reports said government-building and maintaining peace in Afghanistan were discussed.

In September 2016, President Ashraf Ghani and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the country’s former warlord, signed an Afghan peace agreement in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and the Afghan National Security Council (NSC) said the government would soon ask the United Nations to lift sanctions on him.

A statement issued by the UN Security Council later said that the UN committee had lifted the ban on Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

Hekmatyar’s assets will no longer be considered frozen and no travel restrictions will be imposed on him, the statement said.