For a tweet that defended China’s policies in the Xinjiang zone, Twitter locked the account of China’s U.S. embassy. The U.S. social media site claimed it violated the company’s anti-“dehumanization” strategy. This month, the Chinese Embassy account, @ChineseEmbinUS, posted a tweet saying Uighur women were no longer “baby-making machines,” citing a study reported by China Daily, a state-backed newspaper. Twitter deleted the tweet and substituted it with a sticker indicating that it was no longer visible. Though Twitter conceals tweets that breach its rules, it allows account owners to remove those messages manually. Since January 9, the Chinese Embassy’s account has not released any new tweets.
A day after the Trump administration accused China of committing genocide in Xinjiang, a finding endorsed by the incoming Biden administration, Twitter’s suspension of the embassy account arrived in its final hours. The Biden administration did not immediately address a request for comment on Twitter’s move. On Thursday, a spokesperson for Twitter said; we have taken action on the Tweet you cited in breach of our anti-dehumanization policy, where it states: we prohibit the dehumanization of a group of citizens on the grounds of their faith, caste, age, disability, serious illness, national origin, colour, or ethnicity.
The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not promptly address an e-mailed request for comment. Twitter is closed in China, but China’s diplomats and state media are gradually favouring the site. China has consistently denied allegations of violence in its Xinjiang zone, where at least 1 million Uighurs and other Muslims have been held in camps by a United Nations panel. Last year, Adrian Zenz, a German researcher with the Washington-based think tank Jamestown Foundation, accused China of using compulsory sterilization, forced abortion, and coercive family planning against Muslim minorities.
The accusations were groundless and false, the Chinese foreign ministry said. The step by Twitter also reflects the suspension of former U.S. pages. President Donald Trump, who had 88 million fans after his supporters stormed the U.S., citing the possibility of violence. This month’s Capitol. Twitter had locked the Trump account, calling for specific tweets to be deleted before it was reinstated and later fully disabled after the former president again ignored the website’s policies.