Twitter locked the account of China’s U.S. Embassy for a tweet defending the country’s treatment of the Uighur population.
The social media company ruled that the embassy’s account violated the platform’s policy against “dehumanizing” people for a tweet in which it said women in Xinjiang, a region where China allegedly imprisons Muslim minorities, were “emancipated” and that they are “no longer baby-making machines.”
“We’ve taken action on the Tweet you referenced for violating our policy against dehumanization, where it states: We prohibit the dehumanization of a group of people based on their religion, caste, age, disability, serious disease, national origin, race, or ethnicity,” a Twitter spokesperson said on Thursday.
The tweet, citing a report from state-run newspaper China Daily, read, “In the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of [Uighur] women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted.”
The tweet has since been removed by Twitter and replaced with a message saying it’s no longer available. The platform also requires account owners to manually delete posts found to be in violation of their policy. The embassy’s account has not tweeted anything since Jan. 9.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson defended the embassy and questioned the social media giant’s decision.
“China is … a major victim. There are many false and ugly [pieces of] information about China on Xinjiang-related issues. Of course, the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. has responsibilities and obligations to clarify the facts and explain the truth,” Hua Chunying stated. “We hope Twitter can uphold the principle of objectivity and impartiality, not to show double standards on this issue, but to strengthen screening, and identify what is false information, what are rumors and lies, and what is fact and truth.”
The news came after the last full day of the Trump administration when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to the Chinese government’s treatment of the Uighur people as “genocide.” U.S. officials reportedly decided to declare the abuse a genocide in light of China’s attempt to suppress birth rates among the beleaguered ethnicity.
Author: Mike Brest
Source: Washington Examiner: Twitter locks Chinese US Embassy account after tweet defending treatment of Uighurs