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China paid Twitter and Facebook to spread anti-Muslim propaganda

AsiaCurrentIslamophobia

China paid Twitter and Facebook to spread anti-Muslim propaganda

Although both Facebook and China are blocked in China, these promoted videos were widely advertised across Western audiences, often playing regardless of whether or not a user follows the outlet source or not.

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New investigations have found that China has been paying Facebook and Twitter for ads that specifically spread misinformation about the concentration camps across the northwestern province of Xinjiang that currently imprison more than one million ethnic minority Muslims.

These detention camps, labelled as the largest mass incarceration of peoples since the Holocaust, have been documented by human rights groups as being centers of torture, forced conversions, forced sterilizations and mass rape, as well as extrajudicial killings.

The paid ads that China endorsed aimed to convince Western audiences that the camps were “re-education” centers that housed extremists in a region rife with Uyghur rebellion. Many of the ads on Facebook and Twitter also attempted to show Uyghur Muslims enjoying time in the camps, as opposed to the brutal truth of the detention camps.

Other videos and ads have captions such as “establishing vocational education and training centers help Xinjiang maintain enduring social stability and fight religious extremism. If the centers were set up earlier, fewer violent attacks would happen”. Many also promote the idea that Uyghurs are voluntarily joining these detention camps, amidst a scene of suffering Han Chinese citizens who are being brutally terrorized by Uyghur Muslims.

Although both Facebook and Twitter are blocked in China, these promoted videos were widely advertised across Western audiences, often playing regardless of whether or not a user follows the outlet source or not. These videos, many of which have been circulating since early June of this year, are just another attempt by China to erase the suffering and hide the genocide that is being committed against their Uyghur and other ethnic-minority Muslim population of the country.

In August of this year, Twitter claimed that it had updated its advertising policies and will no longer take advertising money from state-controlled news outlets. Facebook, however, has been less open about how it deals with blatant propaganda. Telling Buzzfeed News that it will continue accepting state-sponsored ads, it also added that it will “take a close look at ads that have been raised to us to determine if they violate our policies”. This is a quick and easy way out of being blamed – Facebook will continue to propagate dangerous fake news by states such as China, while only looking into the issue once questions have been raised by a third party.

As China continues to commit ethnic cleansing, with more than one million Uyghurs and other Muslim-minority ethnic groups imprisoned and tortured, the world continues to largely turn a blind eye to one of modern history’s most atrocious human rights violations. Social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter are also now equally to blame, as they help flame the fires of China’s genocide against Muslims within the country.

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Although both Facebook and China are blocked in China, these promoted videos were widely advertised across Western audiences, often playing regardless of whether or not a user follows the outlet source or not.

New investigations have found that China has been paying Facebook and Twitter for ads that specifically spread misinformation about the concentration camps across the northwestern province of Xinjiang that currently imprison more than one million ethnic minority Muslims.

These detention camps, labelled as the largest mass incarceration of peoples since the Holocaust, have been documented by human rights groups as being centers of torture, forced conversions, forced sterilizations and mass rape, as well as extrajudicial killings.

The paid ads that China endorsed aimed to convince Western audiences that the camps were “re-education” centers that housed extremists in a region rife with Uyghur rebellion. Many of the ads on Facebook and Twitter also attempted to show Uyghur Muslims enjoying time in the camps, as opposed to the brutal truth of the detention camps.

Other videos and ads have captions such as “establishing vocational education and training centers help Xinjiang maintain enduring social stability and fight religious extremism. If the centers were set up earlier, fewer violent attacks would happen”. Many also promote the idea that Uyghurs are voluntarily joining these detention camps, amidst a scene of suffering Han Chinese citizens who are being brutally terrorized by Uyghur Muslims.

Although both Facebook and Twitter are blocked in China, these promoted videos were widely advertised across Western audiences, often playing regardless of whether or not a user follows the outlet source or not. These videos, many of which have been circulating since early June of this year, are just another attempt by China to erase the suffering and hide the genocide that is being committed against their Uyghur and other ethnic-minority Muslim population of the country.

In August of this year, Twitter claimed that it had updated its advertising policies and will no longer take advertising money from state-controlled news outlets. Facebook, however, has been less open about how it deals with blatant propaganda. Telling Buzzfeed News that it will continue accepting state-sponsored ads, it also added that it will “take a close look at ads that have been raised to us to determine if they violate our policies”. This is a quick and easy way out of being blamed – Facebook will continue to propagate dangerous fake news by states such as China, while only looking into the issue once questions have been raised by a third party.

As China continues to commit ethnic cleansing, with more than one million Uyghurs and other Muslim-minority ethnic groups imprisoned and tortured, the world continues to largely turn a blind eye to one of modern history’s most atrocious human rights violations. Social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter are also now equally to blame, as they help flame the fires of China’s genocide against Muslims within the country.

Whilst you’re here…

The Muslim Vibe is a non-profit media platform aiming to inspire, inform and empower Muslims like you. Our goal is to provide a space for young Muslims to learn about their faith as well as news stories affecting them, so we can reclaim the Muslim narrative from the mainstream.

Your support will help us achieve this goal, and enable us to produce more original content. Your support can help us in the fight against Islamophobia, by building a powerful platform for young Muslims who can share their ideas, experiences and opinions for a better future.

Please consider supporting The Muslim Vibe, from as little as £1 – it will only take a minute. Thank you and Jazakallah.

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