TikTok apologises for deleting account of teen who went viral with political video
A video featuring 17-year-old Feroza Aziz went viral during the week.
The popular social media platform TikTok has apologised for deleting the account of 17-year-old Feroza Aziz, whose video about China's treatment of Uighur Muslims went viral this week.
Aziz posted a video on her TikTok account where she pretended to do a makeup tutorial, while she was actually talking about China's treatment of Uighur Muslims.
The video was shared widely across a number of social media platforms.
Aziz's account was quickly banned by TikTok, but the social media channel informed her that it was in relation to a previous video she had posted on a separate account.
The Chinese-owned platform has apologised for deleting her account and has since reinstated it.
TikTok released a statement in an attempt to clarify the situation, saying: "While we recognise that this video may have been intended as satire our policies on this front are currently strict.
"It's important to clarify that nothing in our Community Guidelines precludes content such as this video, and it should not have been removed.
"We would like to apologise to the user for the error on our part this morning."
Aziz responded to TikTok's apology on her Twitter page, saying: "Do I believe they took it away because of a unrelated satirical video that was deleted on a previous deleted account of mine? Right after I finished posting a three-part video about the Uighurs? No."
UPDATE: tik tok has issued a public apology and gave me my account back. Do I believe they took it away because of a unrelated satirical video that was deleted on a previous deleted account of mine? Right after I finished posting a 3 part video about the Uyghurs? No. pic.twitter.com/ehUpSJiyy1
— Feroza Aziz (@ferozaazizz) November 27, 2019