Former Afghan President Ghani’s Facebook page hacked

Twitter removes blue verification badge from Afghan government accounts

Web Desk:

Taliban have been vying for international recognition. Recently, the group claimed the right to represent Afghanistan in the United Nations General Assembly. However, most countries have remained skeptical and are yet to recognize the Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, microblogging and social networking website Twitter has removed the verified badges from the accounts of various Afghan government ministries. The official social media accounts of several Afghan ministries are currently being handled by the Taliban since the announcement of an interim government in Afghanistan by the group.

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The accounts that have been deprived of the blue ticks include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of Finance and the official account of the Afghan Presidential Palace, Arg. All these accounts were previously verified by Twitter. However, some of the previous Afghan government figures still have the verified badges.

Photo Courtesy: Afghan Media

On the other hand, hackers have taken over the former Afghan president’s Facebook page and are posting messages suggesting that people support the Taliban, according to his official Twitter account.

A message posted to Ashraf Ghani’s Facebook page on Monday afternoon urged the international community to “interact with the current government,” as Ghani’s government no longer has control of the country.  The message added that the current rulers of Afghanistan need “a hand of friendship” in order for the country to prosper.

Less than an hour later, Ashraf Ghani confirmed via a tweet that somebody had gained unauthorized access to his Facebook account.

He tweeted, “Urgent: The official Facebook page of Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has been hacked since yesterday. Until it is retrieved, the content published from yesterday onwards on the Facebook page is no longer valid.”

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