Beijing, Sep 17, 2020: Twitter has suspended the social media account of the Chinese virologist who claimed that coronavirus was developed in a Wuhan laboratory. Li-Meng Yan had recently made headlines when she claimed to have proof to show that the deadly virus was made in a Wuhan lab. She has reportedly fled China after becoming a whistleblower in the case.
According to a report in Daily Mail, Yan’s account was taken down on Tuesday after she accused China of intentionally manufacturing and releasing Covid-19. Her account remains down with a message on her page reading, ’Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules.’
Twitter has not commented on the suspension of Yan’s account.
The microblogging site started putting warning messages on tweets in May that contained disputed coronavirus claims.
As per the report is not clear if there was one specific tweet from Yan that violated Twitter’s policy.
Li claimed she has proof that the virus came from a virology lab in the city and not from the wet-food market.
"The genome sequence is like a human fingerprint," she said in the video released on YouTube.
ITV’s Loose Women described Dr. Li-Meng Yan as "a scientist who was working at the Hong Kong School of Public Health when she turned whistleblower on the Chinese Government, after she alleged they knew about the spread of the coronavirus before publicly acknowledging the outbreak."
Li joined the Loose Women talk from a secret location. It was said on the show, "Dr Li claims she had to flee to the US for her own safety and is now determined to spread her findings to the world. She joined the Loose Women from a secret location to tell us why she felt compelled to speak out, even if it meant putting her life on the line."
Li, stated that while she was working at Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, she was asked by her supervisor first to investigate a new "SARS-like" virus in Wuhan on December 31 - but that her efforts were later stifled.
Accusing the Chinese authorties of dismissing her even before she fled the country, she said, "They deleted all my information and also they told people to spread rumours about me."
However, The Chinese National Health Commission, World Health Organisation and University Of Hong Kong have disputed her claims, according to The Sun.