Published: Sat, November 30, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

TikTok teen controversy shows running viral app under China is hard

TikTok teen controversy shows running viral app under China is hard

"I posted my first video on Saturday and it was about the Uighurs being thrown into concentration camps", Aziz told VOA Thursday in a phone interview. "I won't let them get away with this". "Then I chose to post two more videos regarding the situation on Sunday night", she said. She attributed the penalty to the fact she had recently shared a satirical video that urged viewers to research the harrowing conditions facing Muslims in China's detention camps.

There are Muslims who are being detained in government internment camps, according to worldwide news. The popular app has been under mounting scrutiny from USA officials concerning its relationship with the Chinese government.

For all Beijing's pretense that the camps are "vocational training centers", notes The Associated Press, "manner education" is mandatory, while "vocational skills improvement" is offered only to those who've already done a year in the camps.

Executives from the Chinese video app TikTok have declined to testify at a congressional hearing set for Tuesday that aims to explore the tech industry and its ties to China, a move that threatens to intensify the social-media company's woes in Washington at a moment when it's under investigation. Sen.

China's ByteDance, owner of wildly popular (and often deeply annoying) music app TikTok, has moved to segregate much of the app's operations from the rest of its business in a bid to convince the USA government user data is safe from the prying eyes of Chinese spies, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

But on Wednesday the company admitted having temporarily removed the video "due to a human moderation error".

"We would like to apologize to the user for the error on our part", Eric Han, the app's USA head of safety, said.

The company said the video was restored around 50 minutes later after "a senior member of our moderation team identified the error and reinstated it immediately". Tech firms in China often adhere to the Communist Party's demands to censor politically sensitive content.TikTok has repeatedly denied censoring or demoting politically controversial content, and tried to emphasize its fun and lighthearted videos instead.

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This should give Western policymakers pause, they said. "Please be aware and please spread awareness", she says in the now-viral clip.

Lastly, after months of rumor about the censorship of TikTok, banning a user right after she expressed criticism of the Chinese administration is said to be, at best, a major unforced mistake. The fate of the activists in those videos remains unknown, according to Uighur sources following developments in Xinjiang. The documents included guidelines for operating detention camps in Xinjiang and instructions on how to use technology to target people.

"The Chinese language tech firms on this report take pleasure in a extremely beneficial regulatory setting and are unencumbered by privateness and human rights issues", it concludes.

The report said the company has been "collaborating" with the Chinese government to disseminate its propaganda about Xinjiang.

In its 2018 Country Reports on Terrorism released earlier this month, the U.S. State Department said China's primary counterterrorism focus remained on Uighurs.

The call from the Foreign Office was in response to the leaked Chinese documents, which appear to be the first official confirmation that the camps were intended by China as internment centers.

Huawei has also participated in a program called "Safe Xinjiang", which the ASPI experts said was "code for a police surveillance system".

"We, as the European Union, continue to expect China to uphold its global obligations and to respect human rights, including when it comes to the rights of persons belonging to minorities, especially in Xinjiang but also in Tibet, and we will continue to affirm those positions in this context in particular", the spokesperson added.

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