Twitter closes Chinese embassy account in the US – Latest News, Breaking News, Top News Headlines

Twitter closed the account of the Chinese embassy in Washington due to a tweet according to which Uighur women in Xinjiang province are emancipated and are no longer “baby-making machines.”

The government of Donald Trump, shortly before the end of his term, declared that Chinese policies towards minorities such as the Uyghurs in Xinjiang constitute “crimes against humanity” and “genocide.”

One of the reasons for that decision was the forced birth control policies imposed by the Chinese authorities on Uyghurs, a matter that The Associated Press detailed in a lengthy report last year.

Another reason – the forced labor to which Uighurs are subjected – was also the subject of a report by The Associated Press on how this policy results in the export of various products to the United States such as computers and cameras.

Twitter stated that the January 7 tweet violated its ban on messages dehumanizing groups of people.

The social network prohibits “any message that dehumanizes a group of people based on their religion, caste, age, disability, illness, national origin, race or ethnicity.”

There have been no tweets from the embassy since January 8. In order to get your account back, the embassy will have to delete that tweet. The diplomatic mission did not respond to messages asking for comment.

However, a day after the then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the Chinese actions “genocide”, the government of the Asian country called him an “apocalyptic clown” and described the US policy as “junk paper”.

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