Twitter locked the account of the US embassy of China because of a tweet defending Chinese policies in the ‘Xinjiang region’, which the US social media platform says violated the company’s policy against “dehumanization”. [SHANGHAI]
- Twitter blocked China’s US embassy account.
- Before that, the embassy had defended Chinese policies in the Muslim majority region.
- Twitter has removed the tweet saying that Uighur women are no longer ‘baby-making machines‘.
The Chinese Embassy’s account, @ChineseEmbinUS, tweeted this month that Uighur women are no longer “baby boomers,” citing a study reported by China-based state-run newspaper Daily.
Tweets have been deleted by Twitter and replaced with a label indicating that they are no longer available. Twitter hides tweets that violate the policy, but account owners must manually delete such posts. Since January 9, The Chinese Embassy account has not posted new tweets.
The embassy account suspension by Twitter was the last few hours of the Trump administration, the day after China accused China of genocide in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. This discovery was approved by the upcoming Biden administration.
Biden officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Twitter action.
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