Twitter has locked the account of the Chinese Embassy within the U.S. for a tweet that defended China’s insurance policies within the Xinjiang area, which the U.S. social media platform mentioned violated the agency’s coverage in opposition to “dehumanization.”
The Chinese Embassy account, @ChineseEmbinUS, tweeted this month that Uighur girls have been now not “baby making machines,” citing a examine reported by state-backed newspaper China Daily.
The tweet was eliminated by Twitter and changed with a label stating that it was now not obtainable. Although Twitter hides tweets that violate its insurance policies, it requires account house owners to manually delete such posts. The Chinese embassy’s account has not posted any new tweets since Jan. 9.
“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 mentioned on Thursday.
The Chinese embassy in Washington didn’t instantly reply to an e-mailed request for remark. Twitter is blocked in China.
The Biden administration didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Twitter’s transfer.
Allegations of genocide
In one in every of his ultimate acts in workplace, now-former secretary of state Mike Pompeo declared Tuesday that China’s insurance policies in opposition to Muslims in its Xinjiang area represent “crimes against humanity” and “genocide.” President Joe Biden’s chosen successor to Pompeo, Antony Blinken, mentioned he shared the identical view.
I’ve decided that the People’s Republic of China is committing genocide and crimes in opposition to humanity in Xinjiang, China, focusing on Uyghur Muslims and members of different ethnic and spiritual minority teams.
Xinjiang, a far western area that borders Central Asia, is house to the predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic group. China denies human rights violations and says its actions in Xinjiang are essential to counter a separatist and terrorist risk.
In a placing repudiation of its relationship with Washington below Trump, the Chinese Foreign Ministry introduced sanctions in opposition to “lying and cheating” Pompeo and 27 different prime Trump administration officers in an announcement that appeared on its web site across the time that Biden was taking the presidential oath.
Pompeo and the others had “planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves, gravely interfered in China’s internal affairs, undermined China’s interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-U.S. relations,” it mentioned.
The 28 people and instant relations could be banned from getting into mainland China, Hong Kong or Macao, and firms and establishments related to them restricted from doing enterprise with China.
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China has repeatedly rejected accusations of abuse in its Xinjiang area, the place a United Nations panel has mentioned a minimum of one million Uighurs and different Muslims had been detained in camps.
Last yr, a report by German researcher Adrian Zenz printed by the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation think-tank accused China of utilizing pressured sterilization, pressured abortion and coercive household planning in opposition to minority Muslims. The Chinese overseas ministry mentioned the allegations have been groundless and false.
China’s overseas ministry is lashing out at Canada after a House of Commons subcommittee concluded that the state’s mistreatment of Uighurs dwelling in Xinjiang province quantities to a coverage of genocide.
Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Chinese overseas ministry, said in November that this “so-called genocide” is “a rumour and a farce fabricated by some anti-Chinese forces to slander China.”
Suspension of embassy’s account follows elimination of Trump’s
The embassy’s account suspension comes shortly after Twitter eliminated the account of former U.S. president Donald Trump, which had 88 million followers, citing the danger of violence after a few of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol this month.
Twitter had locked Trump’s account, asking for deletion of some tweets, earlier than restoring it after which eradicating it altogether after the previous president violated the platform’s insurance policies once more.
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