Twitter closes US embassy in China after tweet of ‘baby making machines’

Twitter has locked the official account of the US embassy in China, saying it has violated its human rights policy. Bloomberg The reports tweet, which was originally shared on January 7, was sent to Uighur women as “child-making machines” before government intervention. Twitter removed the tweet and replaced it with a notice stating that it was no longer available. However, Twitter is required to manually delete required tweets from account owners who violate its rules before unlocking accounts.

Twitter confirmed in a statement that the account was locked Bloomberg. “We have taken action on this tweet for violating our policy against inhumane treatment, and have stated that this platform does not address the religion, caste, age, disability, serious illness, national origin, race or racism of groups of people.” As of this writing, the last tweet from the Chinese embassy in the US account was about two weeks ago, on January 9.




The January 7 tweet is no longer visible on the account, but the account must be manually deleted to be unlocked.

China has come under fire for its treatment of minority Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province, and critics have accused it of forcibly sterilizing Uighur women. The United Nations estimates that a maximum of one million Uighurs could be housed in camps in the region. Bloomberg Reports On Tuesday, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China’s treatment of Uighurs amounted to “genocide.”

During a briefing in Beijing, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said the embassy was “alarmed” by the account lock, and said the embassy was trying to correct “fake reports and information about Xinjiang.” In tweets that still appear on its US page, the Chinese embassy has shared reports and infographics on population growth and its policies in Xinjiang. The embassy joined Twitter in 2019 as part of a broader effort to counter criticism from China.

Earlier on Twitter, he was criticized by former President Donald Trump and his allies who claimed that the social network was unfairly targeting Republicans while urging foreign governments against its policies. Allows violations. In May 2020, in response to a warning label on his tweets, Trump claimed that the social network was “not doing anything about the lies and propaganda presented by China or the Radical Left Democrats.”

As BBC News Note that Twitter had previously removed a tweet from Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and suspended accounts associated with Cuban President Raul Castro and members of his government.

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