Twitter Suspends Account of Chinese Virologist Who Claimed Coronavirus Was Made in a Lab

1/ After publishing a report over the origins of the widespread Coronavirus, virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan who fled #China recently, had her Twitter account blocked.

newsweek.com/twitter-suspen…
2/ Despite Yan’s disputed claim, suspending a user’s account is unusual, deviating from Twitter’s latest policy of labelling controversial posts since May.
3/ The repercussions brought by #Covid-19, ranging from pandemic and public health management, to economic consequences and geopolitical implications are unprecedentedly far-reaching.
4/ Any debate over the origins of the virus is indisputably contentious. Cautious to safeguard free and genuine information flow, huge strain has been put upon media platforms to tackle misinformation.
5/ But before further disclosure of the evidence, is it a response in proportionality to silence a #whistleblower whose life might put at risk to safeguard viewpoints that are potentially inconvenient to an oppressed regime like #CCP ?

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