Facebook allegedly allowed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to buy paid advertisements on its platform to sow doubt about the genocide committed against the Uighur Muslim ethnic minority, according to a publication of the British magazine Press Gazette.
The publication highlights the widespread condemnation that the CCP has received in the West in relation to the multiple reports detailing the human rights violations suffered by more than 1 million Uighurs.
It also denounced that the social media technology giant, Facebook, allowed state media such as China Daily and CGTN to pay for publications that demean the Uighur issue inside the country, treating it as “Western disinformation” to be disseminated to millions of people.
“In one case, by paying Facebook less than $400, China Daily was able to target more than one million users with a video that rubbishes [trashes] independent press reports from Xinjiang,” the publication stated.
Another China Daily-sponsored report released a video touting a purported report about Uighur camps in Xinjiang, claiming it was “completely false” and indicating that it was a “straight from the manual of Western media tricks.”
According to Breitbart News, Facebook’s targets have witnessed the priorities of the leftist agenda and even liberal academic studies admit that conservatives have been disproportionately affected by the company’s policies.
Meanwhile, in recent weeks the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been employing efforts through its propaganda apparatus to downplay serious allegations about the treatment of Uighurs in the northeastern Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region especially after the BBC aired a report in which eyewitnesses recounted the difficult living conditions in the region’s internment camps.
According to the BBC, the accounts given by inmates of the so-called “re-education” camps, women have been subjected to systematic rape, sexual abuse, and torture.
Human rights groups believe that the CCP, under the guise that the camps in the region are used for the “re-education” of Uighurs and other minorities, systematically eliminate religious and other freedoms of Uighurs through a system of mass surveillance, detention, indoctrination, and forced sterilization.
As a result, the CCP banned BBC News from operating in China and accused the media outlet of failing to meet government standards for reporting and allegedly undermining China’s national unity after the British media regulator Ofcom also denied a license to China’s state-owned global television network (CGTN) to broadcast in the UK.