The Taliban are making use of Elon Musk’s new Twitter Blue, buying up blue checks and praising the enigmatic business leader for his stewardship of the social media platform.
Two Taliban officials and four notable supporters of the terrorist organization have purchased blue checks with Twitter Blue, the BBC first reported. When tech billionaire Elon Musk purchased Twitter late last year, he made blue checks purchasable for $8 a month as part of the Twitter Blue service, rather than requiring notability and identity verification for blue checks like the prior Twitter regime.
Head of the Taliban’s department for “access to information,” Hedayatullah Hedayat, purchased a blue check several weeks ago. It has since been withdrawn by Twitter after public outcry. Abdul Haq Hammad, an official at the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, had purchased a blue check that has seemingly been removed in the past 24 hours.
Some high-profile Taliban backers have tried buying the blue checks as well. Muhammad Jalal, a self-identified former Taliban official who now posts in support of the group, tweeted Monday that Musk is “making twitter great again.”