Twitter suspends Chinese scientist who recently published paper claiming COVID-19 was created in a Chinese lab

by Peter Heck · Sep 17th, 2020 8:22 am

Last Updated Sep 17th, 2020 at 1:01 pm

Dr. Li-Meng Yan, the whistleblowing Chinese virologist who recently published a scientific paper supporting her claim that the COVID-19 virus was manmade, has been silenced by the social media giant Twitter.

Li-Meng's Twitter account had only produced four tweets at the time of her suspension, none of which violated Twitter's published terms of use. Speculation suggests that the account was silenced because of a tweet containing the link to Li-Meng's co-written paper called "Unusual Features of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Suggesting Sophisticated Laboratory Modification Rather Than Natural Evolution and Delineation of Its Probable Synthetic Route."

That paper, co-written by three other Chinese scientists, posits the theory that the virus was created by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

? While several suggest that Twitter may have taken action to prevent the spread of conspiracy theories, the silencing of a "rogue" Chinese scientist proposing an alternative explanation to the origin of a global pandemic may prove likely to only fuel speculation rather than suppress it.


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