The latest victim of Twitter censorship is ironically enough the official account for China’s Embassy in the US.
As Bloomberg reports the embassy posted a tweet referring derogatorily to Uighur women as “baby-making machines”. It appeared to be a rationale for government intervention and ‘re-education’ of the Muslim minority population in China lest they breed too much, according to the bizarre message’s apparent rationale.
Twitter confirmed it locked the account, telling Bloomberg on Wednesday night: “We have taken action on this Tweet for violating our policy against dehumanization.”
The embassy had touted the Chinese communist government’s ability to emancipate Uighur women by promoting “reproductive health” but making them “no longer baby-making machines”.
Twitter explained further that it prohibits “dehumanization” of people based on their “religion, caste, age, disability, serious disease, national origin, race, or ethnicity.”
Twitter is saying the Jan.7th tweet in question must now be manually deleted if the Chinese embassy wants its account unlocked.
Disturbingly, the tweet appears to be a possible implicit acknowledgement that something more than just “education” related to reproductive health could be going on.
Remember the infamous tweet from #China’s #US Embassy, essentially defending the forced sterilisation of Uighur women in #Xinjiang because heh women were now no longer “baby making machines”? Well… https://t.co/hsbwFUpFfs
— Stephen McDonell (@StephenMcDonell) January 21, 2021
Human rights groups have long accused Beijing of conducting a policy of forced sterilization.
Last year the Associated Press featured a report which charged authorities in an ongoing “demographic genocide”:
The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children.
While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor. The campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of “demographic genocide.”
And further the report detailed, “The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands, the interviews and data show.”
The AP added: “Even while the use of IUDs and sterilization has fallen nationwide, it is rising sharply in Xinjiang.”
More broadly the allegations come amid extensive documentation and even video proof that Chinese authorities have set up a system of forced labor and communist ‘re-education’ camps for ethnic Uighurs, particularly in the northwest Xinjiang province.
On Tuesday, then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo labeled China’s anti-Uighur measures as “genocide” – something which Beijing slammed as based on “lies” and “fabrications”.