Tiktok Users Are Spreading Awareness For Uighur Muslims In Chinese Camps

Peyton Feldman, Writer

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TikTok is a social platform well known for their jokes, lip-syncing videos, dance trends, and challenges. However, a TikTok user named Feroza Aziz used it as a way to spread awareness about Uighur muslims in China being put into political re-education camps on November 23rd.

She started the video as a makeup tutorial by saying to her viewers, “So the first thing you need to do is grab your eyelash curler, curl your lashes, obviously” then she proceeds and completely changes the tone of her voice “then your gonna put it down and use your phone that your using right now to search up whats happening in China”. She sums up the video by giving and brief summary about the harsh treatment of Uighur muslims in Chinese camps. The video instantly went viral and has more than 2 million views.

About 1 in 10 Uighur muslims who reside in west Xinjiang are locked up in political re-education camps. The China Communist Party denied the camps existed at first but now they say they use these camps as an effort to counter terror, extremism, and separatism, yet the same week Feroza Aziz posted her video, hundreds of pages of leaked documents acquired by the New York Times shows speeches from president Xi Jinping and directives from senior officials on how to control indoctrination. Leaked files also show how the camps are strictly run and several camp inmates have come forward and told stories of what goes on inside of the camps.

A backstory of why these camps appeared and are now expanding are explained by the video below.

Tiktok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance and has been accused for censoring content that denounces China. Even Feroza Aziz said herself that Tiktok blocked her from posting new content as a result of the recent video but Tiktok disputed this and said that they banned one of her old accounts on November 15th for an unrelated video that broke its guidelines for terrorism-related material and then blocked her smartphone on the November 25th for content unrelated to China. The company however mentioned that the video she posted is inaccessible on Douyin, the Chinese version of the app.