Twitter removes China’s tweet “baby-making machines” about Uyghur women

Twitter now says the tweet violates a rule against the dehumanization of an ethnic group.

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On Thursday evening I wrote about a tweet from the US embassy of the Chinese government, in which the treatment of the Uyghur minority was praised by China. According to the tweet, China was in the process of “rooting out” Uyghur extremism that the government claimed had “emancipated” Uyghur women.

“Gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines,” the embassy stated.

When I asked Twitter about this on Thursday night, a spokesperson told me that “this Tweet does not violate our policies. ” The tweet stayed online for most of the day on Friday. On Friday evening, however, the tweet disappeared and was replaced by a note that “this tweet violates the Twitter rules”. “

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” After further verification, we have taken action against this tweet because we violated our rules against dehumanization, “a Twitter spokeswoman told Ars on Friday evening. “We prohibit the dehumanization of a group of people based on” their religion, race or ethnicity, among other categories.

Human rights defenders have described China’s treatment of Uighurs as a demographic genocide.

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According to the Associated Press, the Chinese government “regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks and forces hundreds of thousands of women to have intrauterine devices, sterilization, and even abortion” in the Xinjiang area Brought to an internment camp.

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“The police raid houses and terrorize parents while searching for hidden children. It’s been a busy day for the Twitter content moderation team. Hours earlier, Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump from the platform for inciting violence.

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