Afghan social media influencers flee, residents scrub digital pasts amid Taliban revenge fears

Sadiqa Madadgar’s social media looked much like any other successful young Afghan influencer’s until Taliban militants stormed into Kabul and upended her dreams.The return of the hardline Islamist group has sent a shock wave through Afghanistan’s social media. Prominent influencers have gone dark or fled, while residents and activists are scrambling to scrub their digital lives.A former contestant on the reality singing competition “Afghan Star”, Madadgar amassed a huge following with her…