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Pakistani Taliban urge US President Donald Trump to Abandon Anti-Islam Policies

Donald Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims” entering the country during his campaign

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November 11, 2016: The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Friday urged US President-elect Donald Trump to abandon all anti-Islam policies and release Muslims imprisoned in the country.

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“(Donald Trump) should abandon the anti-Islam policy in the name of terrorism and should release all Muslim prisoners, especially Afia Siddique, at the earliest,” said Taliban spokesperson Mohammed Khurasani in a statement.

Siddiqui, a neuroscientist, who has lived in the US for years, was sentenced to 86 years in prison after being arrested in Afghanistan, accused of trying to kill American soldiers, Efe news reported.

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He also asked Trump to put an end to the military support to Pakistan in the fight against terrorism. “Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam, therefore, we want Islamic law in it. They are killing us massively and destroying our properties for this demand,” Khurasani added in the statement. (IANS)

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Trump Accuses Social Media Platforms of Favoring his Opponents

Facebook and Twitter declined to comment. Alphabet's Google, which owns YouTube, did not immediately comment.

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused social media platforms Facebook, YouTube and Twitter of favoring his Democratic opponents over him and his fellow Republicans.

“But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA,” he said in a tweet. MAGA refers to Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

Facebook and Twitter declined to comment. Alphabet’s Google, which owns YouTube, did not immediately comment.

The president and other conservatives have repeatedly complained that these big tech platforms treat them unfairly.

Trump has previously accused Twitter of restricting the visibility of prominent U.S. Republicans, without any providing evidence, and the avid social media user has promised to investigate the company’s practices.

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FILE – House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. VOA

Trump and other conservatives say Twitter targets fellow Republicans with a practice dubbed “shadow banning,” limiting the visibility of a Twitter user, including in the platform’s auto-populated dropdown search box.

Representative Devin Nunes of California has sued Twitter over the alleged practice, according to court documents.

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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey has said that algorithms have been changed to fix that issue.

The Justice Department held a meeting last fall between federal officials and state attorneys general to discuss allegations that conservative ideas are suppressed online, but so far no concrete action has been taken as a result. (VOA)