Twitter suspended the account of the Chinese virologist who claimed that the Covid-19 virus was “man-made” and created in a laboratory in Wuhan.
Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who claims to be a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong, had her Twitter account suspended from the social media site earlier this week.
The virologist, who had more than 60,000 followers on Twitter before her account was suspended, made headlines this week when she said she had evidence that the Chinese government was involved in creating the virus, which has so far killed more than 937,000 people worldwide. she claims to have fled to the US and is now in hiding.
in May Twitter introduced a policy to label messages containing information about Covid-19, which is deemed controversial. Twitter said the policy was introduced to provide more details or clarification in situations where the risks of harm associated with a tweet are less serious, but where people may still be confused or misled by the content. Twitter did not appear to tag any of Dr. Yan’s tweets but instead suspended her account. A spokesperson told Newsweek that Twitter does not comment on individual accounts.
Dr. Yan made allegations about the origins of the Covid-19 virus in a report, along with three other colleagues, who appeared to be affiliated with the Rule of Law Society, a group founded by former President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, Steven Bannon, according to Newsweek.
The report, which was not peer-reviewed, said: “The theory of natural origin, while widely accepted, lacks substantial support.”
“The alternative theory that the virus might come from a research laboratory is, however, strictly censored in peer-reviewed scientific journals.”
The researchers claimed to have evidence that SARS-Cov-2 was created in a laboratory, but the report does not appear to have provided new information about the virus.
The University of Hong Kong contested the findings and issued a statement to ITV, where it wrote: “Dr. Yan’s statement does not agree with the key facts as we understand them. They have no scientific basis, but they are similar to rumors.”
Dr. Yan also appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News tonight, Tuesday, to discuss the report, and was called a “whistleblower” by the popular fox news host.
SHe told Tucker Carlson that the virus is “man-made” and said, “I have evidence to show why they can do it, what they did, how they did it.
Dr. Yan added: “Even the scientific world is silent… working with the Chinese Communist Party, they don’t want people to know their truth.”
“That’s why I’m suspended, I’m suppressed, and I’m the target that the Chinese Communist Party wants to make disappear.”
The interview was posted on Tucker Carlson Tonight’s Facebook page, but the media site tagged it and wrote: “The major statements in the information are in fact inaccurate.”
Facebook linked to three stories on Factcheck.org and USA Today to expose Dr. Yan’s claims that the virus was man-made, according to Newsweek.
Dr. Yan’s interview tonight with Tucker Carlson was still available on YouTube at the time it was written.
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