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Twitter said it closed the account of China’s embassy in the United States over a tweet about Uighur women, which violated the company’s policy against dehumanization.
The Chinese Embassy account @ChineseEmbinUS tweeted this month that Uyghur women were relieved of government policy by being a “baby making machine”. The tweet cites a study reported by Reuters, the state-controlled newspaper China Daily.
“We have taken action on the tweet … against violating our policy, where it is stated: We deport a group of people on the basis of our religion, caste, age, disability, critical illness, national origin, caste Prohibit., Or ethnicity, “a Twitter spokesperson told CNBC in a statement.
According to the United Nations, the United States and the United Kingdom, ethnic Uygars, a Muslim minority living in western China, have been oppressed for years by the Chinese government.
China has denied mistreatment of Uygurs, most recently on Wednesday when its Foreign Ministry responded to the “genocide” of former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a symptom of Uyghur policy.
Twitter deleted the tweet and replaced it with a label saying it was no longer available.
A screenshot of the Chinese Embassy’s Twitter account in the US shows a tweet that was removed by the social media company.
Social media giant Terms of service states Tweets that violate their policies are hidden, and accounts are either closed or some features are temporarily limited. If they want the account to be fully restored, users will have to manually delete the tweets in question.
The account for the Chinese embassy in the US last tweeted on 9 January.
The Chinese embassy in the US did not immediately respond to CNBC’s email request for comments sent outside regular office hours.
Earlier this month, Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account. The company said the decision was made “because of the risk of further incitement to violence.”
Twitter – along with Facebook and Google – is banned in China.