Muslim girl has claimed that her TikTok account was suspended after she posted a makeup tutorial video with a message.
“Hi, guys. I’m going to teach you guys how to get long lashes. The first thing you need to do is grab your lash curler, curl your lashes, obviously, 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,” says 17-year-old Feroza Aziz from New Jersey in the viral video.
“How they’re getting concentration camps, throwing innocent Muslims in there, separating their families from each other, kidnapping them, murdering them, raping them, forcing them to eat pork, forcing them to drink, forcing them to convert to different religions, or else they’re gonna, of course, get murdered,” she continues.
“People that go into these concentration camps don’t come back alive. This is another holocaust yet no one is talking about. Please, be aware. Please, spread awareness and yeah… so you can grab your lash curler again.”
— feroza.x (@x_feroza) November 25, 2019
Aziz posted another two videos in the same vein over the weekend. On Monday, she took to Twitter to announce that TikTok had suspended her from posting for a month over her videos, adding “China is scared of the truth spreading. Let’s keep scaring them and spread the truth.”
TikTok is, of course, owned by Chinese developer ByteDance and has faced constant questions about whether it censors content based upon instructions from Beijing. TikTok has claimed that it does no such thing but leaked documents say otherwise.
Aziz’s posts quickly sparked outrage online but also confusion as users discovered that her account and videos were still up on TikTok. The company soon issued statements explaining that they had actually suspended another one of Aziz’s accounts after she posted a video “sexualizing” Osama Bin Laden.
In that 10-second video, Aziz jokes about how in middle school she used to have crushes on white celebrities but has since transitioned to celebs with darker skin, concluding with an image of Bin Laden. She told Buzzfeed that it was an obvious instance of “dark humor.”
This all comes in the wake of two blockbuster leaks of internal Chinese documents detailing the camps in Xinjiang where more than a million Muslims have been detained despite having committed no crimes.
The latest leak describes how detainees are forced to undergo “ideological transformation” after being cut off from their families and being held behind multiple layers of security in a strict system of total mental and physical control.
When asked about the camps on Monday, China’s ambassador to the UK called them “vocational, education and training centers” and called the documents “fake news.”