Tuesday, 20 Oct 2020

Virologist suspended by Twitter for claiming Covid-19 was developed in Wuhan lab

Twitter has suspended the account of a Chinese virologist who claims coronavirus was developed in a lab.

Li-Meng Yan believes the pandemic was manufactured in Wuhan, the Covid-19 ground zero.

Her Twitter account was taken down after she accused China of deliberately manufacturing the disease.

A message on Dr Yan's account said: "Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules."

The social media giant has not commented on the virologist's suspension but in May it started putting warning messages on tweets containing disputed coronavirus claims.

It is not clear if there was one specific tweet from Dr Yan which violated Twitter's policy.

In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News on Tuesday, she claimed she was suspended because "they don't want the people to know the truth".

Dr Yan, who is a former researcher at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, said Covid-19 was "man-made" and "not from nature".

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She said: "I have evidence to show why they can do it, what they have done, how (they did it).

"The scientific world also keeps silent… works together with the Chinese Communist Party, they don't want people to know his truth. That's why I get suspended, I get suppressed, I am the target that Chinese Communist Party wants disappeared."

After the segment aired, the Fox News show also accused Facebook of censorship after saying they had been blocked from sharing the interview segment on the social media platform.

A video of the interview segment posted on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show's page now comes with a warning that reads: "False Information. This post repeats information about Covid-19 that independent fact-checkers say is false."

This week Dr Yan published a report which she claims backs up her theory China created the virus in a lab.

But some scientists have since said her report is "unsubstantiated" and it has not yet been published in a scientific journal – meaning it has not been checked and approved by her fellow scientists.

Dr Yan, who claims she fled to the US in April, says she was working at the Hong Kong School of Public Health before she was kicked out after trying to alert people to human-to-human transmission of the virus in December 2019.

The lab has denied Yan ever "conducted any research on human-to-human transmission" and said her assertions have "no scientific basis".

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