Twitter suspends Chinese virologist for claiming COVID-19 was lab made

Twitter has suspended Li-Meng Yan’s account after she claimed that COVID-19 was made in a lab.

  • The virologist has accused China of intentionally manufacturing and releasing the virus.
  • Her Twitter account was subsequently taken down on Tuesday.
  • Li-Meng Yan: ‘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.’

The virologist’s account was suspended on Tuesday.

According to the Daily Mail, Li-Meng Yan’s account was suspended after she had accused China of intentionally manufacturing and releasing COVID-19. Nevertheless, it is not known whether there was one specific tweet that had violated Twitter’s policy. What is more, Twitter has not commented on the suspension and Yan claims that she has been suspended because she was telling the truth: ‘The scientific world […] 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.’ 

The virologist has reportedly worked at a reference laboratory for the World Health Organization (WHO) in the University of Hong Kong:

I work[ed] in the WHO reference lab, which is the top coronavirus lab in the world, in the University of Hong Kong. And the thing is I get deeply into such investigation in secret from the early beginning of this outbreak. I had my intelligence because I also get my own unit network in China, involved [in] the hospital […] also I work with the top corona[virus] virologist in the world […] So, together with my experience, I can tell you, this is created in the lab […] and also, it is spread to the world to make such damage.

Li-Meng Yan

Facebook has also tried to censor Li-Meng Yan.

On Tuesday night, Yan was interviewed by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. In the interview, she had explained that she has evidence that COVID-19 is ‘mad-made’ and that it is ‘not from nature’ as she said: ‘I have evidence to show why they can do it, what they have done, how (they did it)’. However, shortly after her interview aired, Fox News allegedly accused Facebook of censorship as they were ‘blocked from sharing the interview segment on the social media platform’. In addition to this, a video of the interview was posted on the Facebook page of Tucker Carlson Tonight show, and it now comes with a warning:

Yan’s former employer and other scientists have spoken:

Fox News reported that the University of Hong Kong put out a press release and noted that: ‘the content of the said news report does not accord with the key facts as we understand them […] specifically, Dr Yan never conducted any research on human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus at [the University of Hong Kong] during December 2019 and January 2020, her central assertion of the said interview’. Furthermore, numerous scientists, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Kristian Andersen, have disputed Yan’s claims as they believe there is no evidence to suggest that the virus was lab made. In fact, Dr. Anderson has said that the genetic material of the virus clearly shows that it has originated from nature.

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