Some of Taliban websites are rendered offline. but the reasons are unclear

Some of the Taliban’s official websites were taken offline on Friday. The websites contained messages from the organization, which were read in five languages: Pashto, Urdu, Arabic, English and Dari. Why the websites are protected is not known.

The websites are protected by Cloudflare, an ICT company in the U.S. city of San Francisco. The company does not provide websites with server space, but focuses on the infrastructure and security of online platforms.

Cloudflare does not respond to questions from The Washington Post about the unattainable sites. The security software of the ICT company makes it impossible to identify the server on which the Taliban websites are located.

The Taliban took over power in Afghanistan on Monday.

Several tech companies have said this week that they are banning the Taliban from their services. For example, Facebook Instagram has said it removes all content the Taliban supports from its platforms, including WhatsApp and Instagram. The company considers the group to be a terrorist organisation. YouTube and Twitter also ban Taliban accounts.

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