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Twitter locked down the U.S. Embassy’s account in China for a tweet that defended China’s policy in the Xinjiang region, which the U.S. social media platform said violated the company’s policy against “dehumanization.”

The Chinese Embassy account @ChineseEmbinUS this month posted a tweet saying Uyghur women are no longer ‘baby-making machines’, citing a study reported by the state-backed newspaper China Daily.


The tweet was deleted by Twitter and replaced with a label indicating that it was no longer available. Although Twitter hides tweets that violate its policies, it forces account owners to manually delete those posts. The Chinese embassy account has not posted any new tweets since January 9.

The embassy’s suspension of the embassy account came a day after the Trump administration, in its …

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