Twitter locks Chinese embassy’s account for violating its policy

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Twitter has quickly blocked China’s US embassy from posting on its platform over a tweet by the Embassy about Uighur Muslims.

The account @ChineseEmbinUS has not been in a position to tweet any stuff since Jan. 8, and the offending publish is presently hidden from public view. Twitter requires customers to manually take away any tweet that violates its insurance policies.

“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 in an e-mail Thursday.

Before the ban, the Chinese Embassy in US had tweeted that Uighur ladies in China’s Xinjiang area had been “emancipated” and had been “no longer baby-making machines,” in response to the report.

The January 7 tweet was apparently meant to defend China’s remedy of the ethnic minority group amid worldwide criticism of its crackdown on the Uighur individuals, which the US State Department referred to as a genocide.

Reacting to the Twitter ban, China’s international ministry mentioned in a press briefing on Thursday the Communist Party authorities has a “responsibility and obligation” to fight “disinformation” about its actions within the Xinjiang area.

“We find Twitter’s restriction on the embassy account baffling and hope it will uphold the principle of objectivity and impartiality instead of applying double standard,” international ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a press briefing. “Greater efforts should be made to distinguish between disinformation, rumors and lies from facts and truth.”

Twitter has moved extra aggressively to implement its content material insurance policies in opposition to authorities officers in latest instances.

On January 8, The San Francisco-based firm permanently banned the then US president Donald Trump within the wake of the Capitol riots. The ban triggered combined reactions world wide.

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence”, Twitter stated January 8.

Twitter is blocked in China however has been embraced by Chinese state media and diplomats, a lot of whom proceed to make use of the platform to aggressively defend China’s positions in what has come to be often called “Wolf Warrior” diplomacy.