Alphabet bans Taliban accounts as social media scramble

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Aug 17 - Alphabet Inc. said on Tuesday that it bans accounts that are believed to be owned and operated by the Taliban, as U.S. social media companies scrambled to clarify their rules on the group in control of Afghanistan.

Separately, the Financial Times reported that WhatsApp was behind a product of the Taliban after it took control of Kabul after it shut down a complaints service set up by Facebook Inc.

Reuters did not respond to Reuters request for comments.