Selin ATAY-TDO- China’s US embassy has had its Twitter account locked in response to a tweet defending the country’s policies towards Uighur Muslims in the western Xinjiang region. The social media platform said the tweet had violated its policy against “dehumanization”.
The account, @ChineseEmbinUS, declared that, “in the process of eradicating extremism”, women belonging to the ethnic minority “were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines”. China’s US embassy cited a study reported by state-backed newspaper.
The message was removed by the social media platform and replaced with a label stating that it is no longer available. “We’ve taken action on the tweet 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.
Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry, responded the allegation. Chunying said that her country was a “major victim” of “fake and ugly information”. “We hope Twitter will uphold the principles of objectivity and fairness… strengthen its screening, and screen out what is actually disinformation”, she added.
China has been accused by human rights organizations, especially by Uighurs, of neutering women in East Turkestan. Shortly after Twitter interfered with the embassy's account, the Trump administration accused China of committing genocide in East Turkestan. This accusation, made by the Donald Trump administration, was also supported by The Joe Biden administration.
Although the use of Twitter is prohibited in China, Chinese diplomats and state media use Twitter specifically for propaganda purposes.