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China says it is a 'victim' after Twitter locks embassy account

January 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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China says that it is a "victim" of misinformation after Twitter restricted the account of the Chinese embassy in the United States.

Hong Kong (CNN Business)China says that it is a "victim" of misinformation after Twitter restricted the account of the Chinese embassy in the United States.

The retort comes after Twitter (TWTR) temporarily locked the account of the Chinese embassy over a tweet it posted defending Beijing's treatment of Uyghurs.

"In the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of [Uyghur] women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted," the tweet read, citing a report from state-run newspaper China Daily.

Of course, the Chinese Embassy in the US has responsibilities and obligations to clarify the facts and explain the truth," Hua Chunying argued, hitting back at Twitter's "restrictive measures. "

China's far western Xinjiang region has long been associated with reports of the forced sterilization of people from the Uyghur minority, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group residing in the area.

The United States has officially determined that China is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims and ethnic and religious minority groups who live in Xinjiang.

A Twitter spokesperson said that the tweet had violated the company's content policy, which prohibits "the dehumanization of a group of people based on their religion, caste, age, disability, serious disease, national origin, race, or ethnicity. "

The embassy's account, meanwhile, will remain locked until the Tweet is deleted, according to Twitter.

In similar cases — including one involving former President Donald Trump's account — Twitter has required the user to manually delete the post in question before regaining the ability to post.

The Chinese embassy, for its part, has not tweeted since January 9.

Twitter and other social media companies have been grappling with the consequences of how their platforms can sometimes be used to spread incendiary speech.

US law shields social media companies from responsibility over what is posted on their platforms.

Twitter is one of several US-based social media platforms that are blocked in China, along with Facebook (FB) and Instagram.

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