Twitter blocks ‘dehumanizing’ Chinese Embassy tweet claiming Uighur women are no longer ‘baby-making machines’

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On Saturday morning, a tweet posted by the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC was removed by Twitter for violating the platform’s rules against dehumanization.

The tweet, posted on Thursday, drew widespread condemnation for claiming that Uighur women have had their minds “emancipated” and are no longer “baby-making machines.”

“We prohibit the dehumanization of a group of people based on their religion, race, or ethnicity, among other categories,” a Twitter spokesperson told Ars Technica.

The post read: “Study shows that in the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uygur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines. They are more confident and independent.”

The tweet linked to an article published by China Daily — the Chinese Communist Party’s English-language newspaper.

The article claims that a decrease in birthrates in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in 2018 resulted from “the eradication of religious extremism.” It also refers to “family planning policies” being implemented in the region.

The Uighurs are a mostly-Muslim minority group in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of northwestern China. Estimates suggest that at least one million of them could be interned in so-called ‘re-education camps,’ according to Foreign Policy.

China has been accused of reducing the birth rate of Uighur women by using inhumane practices, such as force-feeding birth control pills. The practice is “widespread and systematic,” according to an AP investigation.

Uighur women are regularly subjected to pregnancy checks, unwanted IUD devices, forced abortions, and sterilization, the news agency also reported.

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The article’s implication that Uighur women are now more “confident and independent” was condemned by several high profile figures.

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas tweeted that it is a reminder that China is “an evil pariah state.”

This is a reminder that China is an evil pariah state.

— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) January 8, 2021

Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida referred to China’s treatment of the Uighurs as “a genocide” and said that “propaganda can’t hide their crimes.” He had urged Twitter to censor the tweet.

This is sickening but sadly what we’ve come to expect from Xi and the Chinese Communist Party. The atrocities occurring in Communist China against the Uyghurs are a genocide.

Propaganda can’t hide their crimes.

— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) January 7, 2021

Hey @jack and @Twitter, might want to consider censoring tweets like this promoting genocide instead of picking and choosing conservative accounts to block.

— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) January 7, 2021

Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida’s 6th congressional district called it “genocidal.” Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado’s 4th congressional district called it “sickening.”

This is genocidal. The world needs to wake up to the evil of #China’s Communist Party.

— Michael Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) January 8, 2021

Hey @jack and @Twitter, might want to consider censoring tweets like this promoting genocide instead of picking and choosing conservative accounts to block.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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