There are some concerns from the East Turkistan Government in Exile (ETGE) about ‘search bans’ imposed by Twitter on their accounts. The ETGE is not the only account – any accounts critical of China are also apparently restricted from being searched on the social media platform.
Searches for East Turkistan Government in Exile, Prime Minister Salih Hudayar, Central Tibetan Administration and other accounts critical of China no longer yield results on Twitter.
This restriction comes shortly after CEO Elon Musk met with senior Chinese officials in Beijing to expand Tesla’s business operations in China.
It was reported that Chinese firms including Tesla’s main car battery supplier Contemporary Amperex Technology LTD. (CATL), had invested over $2 billion in lithium mining and extraction projects in East Turkistan, (the same area where the Chinese government has been waging a genocide and forced labor campaign since 2014).
The move to silence these searches on Twitter is argued to potentially limit awareness on the Chinese government’s genocidal policies. Uyghurs protested in front of the White House last week, demanding that the U.S. Government take action to end China’s ongoing Uyghur genocide.
“This recent action by Twitter directly contradicts the platform’s claims of supporting free speech,” said Prime Minister Hudayar. “It undermines the very principles of open dialogue and diverse opinions that Twitter prides itself on.”
“We urge Twitter to take immediate action to rectify this situation and make sure that our voices are heard and accessible,” said East Turkistan Government in Exile President Ghulam Yaghma. “By doing so, it will show its dedication to promoting human rights and resisting any external pressure to stifle dissent.”