TikTok Pulls Ban on Teen Who Called Out Chinese Government’s Mistreatment of Muslims

App says it didn’t pull video for its criticism of China

TikTok, the popular video-sharing app, has reversed a ban on a teenaged user who went viral this week after blasting the Chinese government’s terrible treatment of Uighur Muslims. The decision comes as U.S. lawmakers have expressed concerns over the app’s ties to its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, and whether it has been stifling free expression.

The app pulled back its ban on Wednesday night, and said it was all a big misunderstanding: the teen’s account hadn’t been blocked because of her video skewering the Communist regime, but because a previous account of hers had posted a picture of Osama bin Laden earlier this month, violating its rules against posting terrorist imagery, according to The New York Times.

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Sean Burch

Sean Burch

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