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Twitter promoted a post advocating for female genital mutilation (FGM) this week, after building a history of blacklisting promoted ads from pro-lifers, before claiming it was an “error.”
The tweet, which was made by Dawoodi Bohra Women for Religious Freedom (DBWRF), attempted to make FGM, named “khafz” by the group, look like a normal and safe practice.
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“My daughters have also undergone khafz, and they’re growing up as perfectly as other children of their age,” declared the post, which included video testimony of the mother. “As a mother, I can never do anything to harm them.”
Despite complaints about the post, Twitter allowed the group to “promote” the post — a paid advertisement — which enhances the reach of the post and placed it on the timelines of users who do not follow the account or seek the content out themselves.
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In a statement, a Twitter spokesman claimed the promoted post “was approved in error and the decision was immediately overturned by our teams.”
Though Twitter ended the promotion, the post in its non-promoted state remains on the platform, and the group’s Twitter account features dozens of other videos which also advocate for FGM. a number of posts include video testimonies from women, some of which live in Western countries like the United Kingdom, who have undergone the procedure — defending it as “religious freedom.”
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