Facebook is under fire after being accused of accepting money from China to promote Communist propaganda denying crimes against Uighur Muslims in the Chinese western province of Xinjiang.
The treatment of the Uighur people in Xinjiang has been widely condemned across the world. Canadian Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole went as far as to call it a genocide. Some have even suggested that the 2022 Olympics should be taken out of China.
Chinese state-run new agencies CGTN and China Daily paid Facebook hundreds of dollars to advertise information to millions of users across the platform, according to a Daily Mail Report.
Facebook has been making headlines lately following its dispute with Australian lawmakers over a proposed media law that would force the platform to pay media companies for their content.
Facebook allegedly charged China Daily $400 to advertise one article back in October which accused Western countries of ‘lies’ and ‘disinformation’.
Another post sponsored by China Daily came in the form of a video and called the internment camps in Xinjiang ‘completely false’ and ‘straight from the manual of Western media tricks’.
Some survivors of the internment camps have shared stories that are triggering and disturbing, painting a different picture of events from what China Daily promotes.
According to a BBC Report, women in some of these camps have been systematically raped, sexually abused and tortured.
According to China, “re-education” camps exist for Uighurs and other minorities, however there is a difference in the depiction of these camps between China and the survivors.
Earlier this week, Canadian lawmakers voted in a motion that recognized China’s treatment of the Uighur population in China as a genocide. The Conservative motion passed with a total of 266 votes to zero in the House of Commons. The Liberal cabinet abstained from the vote.
In Japan, it has been reported that 12 firms have ended business with China involving the forced labour of Uighur people.
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