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TikTok apologizes for removing viral video criticizing China’s treatment of Muslims

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The social media platform, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, has reinstated New Jersey teen Feroza Aziz’s account, which she said was suspended after she sneaked criticism of China’s detentions of Uyghur Muslims into a purported makeup tutorial. (Bloomberg, Financial Times)

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Talking point: Seventeen-year-old Aziz used eyelash-curling tips to bookend30 seconds of political commentary, telling users to find out “what’s happening in China, how they’re getting concentration camps, throwing innocent Muslims in there.” In a lengthy statement, TikTok said the video was removed for only 50 minutes due to a “human moderation error”, adding that it would be conducting a review of its content-moderation process. U.S. lawmakers have been increasingly concerned about Beijing’s influence over the quickly growing platform, which now claims roughly 1.5 billion global downloads, and over 120 million in the U.S. “TikTok doesn’t limit political content except in extreme cases such as hate speech,” a company spokesperson told the Financial Times.