An American teenager's clever TikTok video managed to sneak in banned commentary on the topic of China's concentration camps and torture programs for Uighur Muslims. The teen's video was bookended with beauty tips, and went viral with 1.4M+ views and ~500,000 likes. Many copycats. China didn't like it.
Feroza Aziz asked her fans to join her in raising awareness of "another Holocaust" happening now in China's Uighur camps.
GUYS NO JOKE THIS TUTORIAL HELPED ME SO MUCH PLEASE WATCH IT pic.twitter.com/BuITSebOu6
— saltys backup (@soIardan) November 24, 2019
Aziz later said on Twitter that TikTok blocked her from posting new content, as a result of her posting this video about a banned topic by the company with China government ties.
TikTok told BBC News they banned her for posting "terrorism" related content.
I haven't (yet) seen the terrorism video so can't verify. Either way, the timing (that TikTok took action on someone who posted a video China wouldn't like) has raised Qs. "TikTok does not moderate content due to political sensitivities," spokeswoman says.
— Sarah Frier (@sarahfrier) November 26, 2019
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