TikTok’s owner is helping China’s campaign of repression in Xinjiang, report finds

The video by Feroza Aziz starts as an eyelash tutorial before turning to the Uyghurs in China. Screenshot from 27 November 2019.

By Anna Fifield 
November 28, 2019 at 10:50 a.m. EST

BEIJING — Chinese tech giants including ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, and Huawei Technologies are working closely with the Communist Party to censor and surveil Uighur Muslims in China’s western region of Xinjiang, according to a new report published Thursday.

New evidence of links between the security apparatus and China’s biggest tech companies comes just days after TikTok shut down the account of an American teenager who’d sought to highlight China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang during what began as a makeup video.

After widespread condemnation for censoring an American, TikTok backtracked and reactivated the account of Feroza Aziz, a 17-year-old high school junior in New Jersey.

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