Video app TikTok un­blocks teen

Times Standard (Eureka) - - LOCAL NEWS -

SAN FRAN­CISCO >> Chi­ne­se­owned video app TikTok says it has un­blocked a U.S. teenager and re­stored her vi­ral video con­demn­ing China’s treat­ment of its Mus­lim mi­nor­ity.

The video was re­moved for 50 min­utes Wed­nes­day due to a “hu­man mod­er­a­tion er­ror,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Eric Han, an Amer­i­can who heads TikTok’s U.S. con­tent-mod­er­a­tion team. The site’s guidelines don’t pre­clude the video’s con­tent, Han said.

TikTok is pop­u­lar with mil­lions of U.S. teens and young adults but sev­eral U.S. sen­a­tors have raised con­cerns about data col­lec­tion and cen­sor­ship on the site of con­tent not in line with the Chi­nese govern­ment. The U.S. govern­ment has re­port­edly launched a na­tional-se­cu­rity re­view of the site.

The 40-sec­ond video, which news re­ports iden­ti­fied as the work of 17-yearold Feroza Aziz of New Jer­sey, starts off as an in­nocu­ous tu­to­rial on how to get long eye­lashes.

It then segues into an ap­peal for view­ers to in­form them­selves of plight of the Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in China. “This is another Holo­caust, yet no one is talk­ing about it,” Aziz says.

China is es­ti­mated to have de­tained up to 1 mil­lion mi­nor­ity Mus­lims Uighurs in pris­on­like de­ten­tion cen­ters. China’s govern­ment in­sists the de­ten­tion sites are “vo­ca­tional” cen­ters aimed at train­ing and skills de­vel­op­ment. It has sharply crit­i­cized Western coun­tries that called for an end to mass ar­bi­trary de­ten­tions and other abuses of Uighurs and other Mus­lims in the Xin­jiang re­gion.

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