TikTok User Says She Was Banned From Platform For Talking About China's Uighur 'Concentration Camps': 'This Won't Silence Me'

A young TikTok user said she was suspended from the Chinese-owned app after posting a video to raise awareness about the plight of Uighur Muslims in China.

Feroza Aziz took to Twitter after she said TikTok had banned her for posting a clip telling viewers that China is detaining Muslims in "concentrations camps" and the situation is "another Holocaust."

Aziz's clip, disguised as a make-up tutorial, begins with her reaching for a pair of eyelash curlers—but she quickly revealed that what she actually wants viewers to learn is about what is happening to Uighur Muslims in China.

"Hi guys I'm going to teach you guys how to get long lashes, so the first thing you need to do is grab your lash curler, curl your lashes obviously," she said at the start of the 40-second clip.

But she continued: "Then you're gonna put them down and use your phone that you're using right now to search up what's happening in China, how they're getting concentration camps, throwing innocent Muslims in there, separating their families from each other, kidnapping them, raping them, forcing them to eat pork, forcing them to drink, forcing them to convert to different religions, if not, or else they're gonna of course get murdered."

She added: "People who go into these concentration camps don't come back alive. This is another Holocaust yet no-one is talking about it. Please be aware. Please spread awareness."

Aziz wrote on Twitter on Monday that she has been blocked from posting on TikTok for a month but added: "This won't silence me."

Alongside a screenshot of her TikTok app which said she was suspended for "multiple violations" of the platform's Community Guidelines, Aziz added: "China is scared of the truth spreading. Let's keep scaring them and spread the truth. Save the Muslims."

In a statement to Newsweek, a spokesperson for TikTok denied Aziz's ban was due to "political sensitivities." The spokesperson said: "TikTok does not moderate content due to political sensitivities. In this case, the user's previous account and associated device were banned after she posted a video of Osama Bin Laden, which is a violation of TikTok's ban on content regarding terrorists."

In another TikTok video she posted on Twitter, Aziz explained that she regularly starts her clips pretending to be doing a beauty tutorial so "TikTok doesn't take down my video."

She also responded to followers who she said had asked her what they could do about the situation in China. "Spreading awareness does wonders," she said in the clip.

"We got the UN to step in and help Sudan because we spread awareness so we can do the same thing for China. Generations before us didn't have the same power as we do now and that's technology. We can reach millions across the world. We can reach those who have the power to do something about it."

She added: "Our voices can do so much, it doesn't matter if we're not 18 or of age to vote. Don't have the mindset that you are powerless. You have power. You can create change."

Aziz also took to Instagram to spread the message, writing alongside her video in a caption: "Innocent humans are being murdered, tortured, raped, receiving shock therapy, and so much more that I can't even describe. They are holding a genocide against Muslims and they're getting away with it."

She added: "We can't be silent on another holocaust that is bound to happen. We can't be another failed generation of "what could've, should've, would've". We are strong people. We can do this. Only if we try." Newsweek has contacted Aziz for further comment.

It's not the first time TikTok, a short video app owned by Beijing-based ByteDance that has blown up in the U.S. in the past year, has been accused of censoring content that is critical of China.

The Guardian reported in September that leaked documents revealed TikTok instructs moderators to censor videos mentioning Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence or the banned religious group Falun Gong.

The revelation came after concerns that the protests in Hong Kong were being censored on TikTok. The Washington Post reported that searches for "#hongkong" on the social network revealed "barely a hint of unrest in sight." In contrast, images of pro-democracy marchers in the city-state dominate other social networks such as Twitter.

The Chinese government has detained more than a million ethnic minorities, the Associated Press reported, mostly Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim Turkic minority of more than 10 million people.

Beijing has claimed the camps provide voluntary job training, but a classified blueprint leaked to International Consortium of Investigative Journalists shows how they are following a deliberate strategy to forcibly impose ideological and behavioral changes.

"They confirm that this is a form of cultural genocide," Adrian Zenz, a security expert on the far western region of Xinjiang, which is the Uighur homeland, told the Associated Press. "It really shows that from the onset, the Chinese government had a plan."

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