WATCH- Global outcry after TikTok bans US teenager for using ‘makeup tutorial’ to highlight Chinese brutalities against Muslims in Xinjiang internment camps

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Social media platform TikTok is facing global condemnation after it banned a US teenager for using ‘makeup tutorial’ videos to highlight the unspeakable atrocities by the Chinese government against Muslims living in Xinjiang province.

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In a series of viral videos posted by 17-year-old Feroza Aziz, the teenager was seen appearing to show viewers how to use an eyelash curler. But within a few seconds, she cleverly shifted her focus to highlight the brutalities committed by the Chinese government on millions of Muslims in Xinjiang.

Ine the first video, Feroza was seen instructing, “So, the first thing you need to do is grab your lash curler, curl your lashes obviously.” She then changes to topic seamlessly and adds, “Then you’re going to put [the eyelash curler] down and use your phone … to search up what’s happening in China, how they’re getting concentration camps, throwing innocent Muslims in there, separating families from each other, kidnapping them, murdering them, raping them, forcing them to eat pork, forcing them to drink, forcing them to convert.”



“This is another Holocaust, yet no one is talking about it. Please be aware, please spread awareness in Xinjiang right now,” she concluded before returning to the eyelash curling lesson.

Within hours of Feroza posting the video, it clocked more than a million views, prompting the short-video sharing platform, owned by a Beijing-based technology company Bytedance, to suspend her account.



Feroza posted three videos about China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslims, between Sunday and Monday with her first video having been watched by more than 1.4 million people and “liked” nearly 500,000 times on the app. A statement by TikTok said that it banned Feroza for violating community guidelines related to another video in the past.



Feroza, an Afghan-American from New Jersey, later posted the same videos on Twitter and Instagram. She has become a topic of intense social media discussions ever since TikTok took punitive measures against her for exposing China.

Here’s how social media users from across the world have reacted to her videos:





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