How close are social media giants like Facebook and Instagram to the communist Chinese government?

It might be worthwhile asking the question as both “platforms” are now flagging a post that Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson made of his video with Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan. She appeared on his show to discuss her revelation that the Chinese government manufactured and released the coronavirus.

Yan said directly that Chinese government intentionally manufactured and released the COVID-19 virus that led to mass shutdowns and deaths across the world.

Carlson specifically asked Dr. Li-Meng Yan whether she believed the Chinese Communist Party released the virus “on purpose.” “Yes, of course, it’s intentionally,” she responded on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Yan said more evidence would be released but pointed to her own high-ranking position at a World Health Organization reference lab as a reason to trust her allegation.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

The whistle-blower fled from Hong Kong to America in fear of her life after Chinese authorities threatened her after she spoke out about the Wuhan Coronavirus.

Now Facebook and Instagram have flagged posts of this exchange as false information, saying that they repeated information about Covid-19 “that multiple independent fact checkers say is false.”

The show posted a video on the social media platforms on Tuesday night with the caption “Chinese whistle-blower to Tucker: This virus was made in a lab & I can prove it.” The posts feature a segment in which Mr. Carlson interviewed Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist who claims that the virus “is not from nature.”

Intelligence agencies have been skeptical that the pathogen can be conclusively linked to a lab. Scientists who have studied the genetics of the virus agree that it began as a bat virus and likely evolved to jump to humans. Many have dismissed theories that the virus infected researchers in a lab accident.

On Tuesday night, Facebook and Instagram placed screens of varying levels of opacity over images of the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” video along with a “false information” warning while also allowing users an option to watch it.

One of those “independent fact checkers” our media loves to cite is Dr. Anthony Fauci, Coronvirus Task Force member and Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease. This organization gave the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is the center of discussions about potential coronavirus origins, several million dollars for research.

But just last year, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the organization led by Dr. Fauci, funded scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other institutions for work on gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses.

In 2019, with the backing of NIAID, the National Institutes of Health committed $3.7 million over six years for research that included some gain-of-function work. The program followed another $3.7 million, 5-year project for collecting and studying bat coronaviruses, which ended in 2019, bringing the total to $7.4 million.

During his show the next evening, Carlson blasted the move by tech giants and laid into the media for its complete disinterest in the potential lab origins of the pathogen. Carlson also noted the “fact checks” used by the platforms were months old, did not directly address issues brought up by Yan, and included information irrelevant to the entire segment.

For those of you with a scientific background inclined to read research papers, the first of Yan’s revelations has been released and is available here. Essentially, it is a deconstruction of the parts of the coronavirus, with theories on how each component could be assembled with known technologies and techniques. Given how accurate “anonymous sources” and “independent fact checkers” have been (especially in the last four years), I would love to hear the comments of virologists who have no connection to China review Yan’s work and comment openly.

It should be noted that Yan is well-credentialed. She received a medical degree from Xiangya Medical College of Central South University and a doctorate from China’s Southern Medical University. Her research includes coronavirus studies as well as the challenges in developing a universal influenza vaccine. Yan seems more credible to many than either the World Health Organization (who initially denied human transmission occurred) or China (whose representative accused the US military of creating the virus).

One final note: Twitter has also suspended Yan’s account…hiding behind “independent fact checkers”.

 

 
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