Enlarge / The Chinese embassy in the US posted this tweet on Thursday morning. Twitter removed it on Friday evening. (credit: BULENT KILIC / AFP) (Photo by BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images)
On Thursday evening, I wrote about a tweet by the Chinese government’s US embassy praising China’s treatment of its Uighur minority. According to the tweet, China was in the process of “eradicating extremism” among the Uighurs, which the government claimed had “emancipated” Uighur women. “Gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines,” the embassy claimed.
When I asked Twitter about this on Thursday evening, a spokesman told me that “this Tweet is not in violation of our policies.” The tweet stayed online for most of the day on Friday. But on Friday evening, the tweet disappeared, replaced by a notice that “this Tweet violated the Twitter Rules.”
“After further review we have taken action on this Tweet for violating our rules against dehumanization,” a Twitter spokeswoman told Ars on Friday evening. “We prohibit the dehumanization of a group of people based on” their religion, race, or ethnicity, among other categories.