After fact-checking Donald Trump, now Twitter flags Chinese spokesman's claim that US military brought coronavirus to Wuhan

Twitter posted a blue exclamation mark under a tweet by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, with a comment urging readers to check the facts about COVID-19.

Reuters May 29, 2020 09:00:59 IST
After fact-checking Donald Trump, now Twitter flags Chinese spokesman's claim that US military brought coronavirus to Wuhan

Shanghai: Twitter has flagged a tweet written in March by a Chinese government spokesman that suggested the US military brought the novel coronavirus to China, as the social media platform ramps up fact-checking of posts.

Twitter posted a blue exclamation mark under a tweet by Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, with a comment urging readers to check the facts about COVID-19.

“When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!” Zhao wrote on 12 March.

Clicking on the link directed readers to a page with the headline, “WHO says evidence suggests COVID-19 originated in animals and was not produced in a lab”.

Twitter fact-checked US president Donald Trump for the first time on Tuesday over his claims about mail-in ballots, under what it says was an extension of a “misleading information policy” aimed at combating misinformation about COVID-19.

Trump lashed out at Twitter in response and has said he would introduce legislation that may scrap or weaken a law that shields social media companies from liability for content posted by their users.

Updated Date:

also read

Antibodies that may lead to next-gen vaccines for all COVID-19 strains found
India

Antibodies that may lead to next-gen vaccines for all COVID-19 strains found

The results show that certain animals are more able to make these types of 'pan-SARS virus' antibodies than humans, giving scientists clues as to how to make better vaccines

COVID-19 spike in Delhi: National capital records over 19,760 cases from 1-10 August, sees 50% rise in containment zones
India

COVID-19 spike in Delhi: National capital records over 19,760 cases from 1-10 August, sees 50% rise in containment zones

National capital Delhi has recorded 40 deaths due to COVID-19 from 1-10 August, nearly thrice the cumulative figures registered in the last 10 days of July when 14 people had succumbed to the viral disease

COVID-19: Experts warn about high risk of  transmission during festivals
India

COVID-19: Experts warn about high risk of  transmission during festivals

Amid a rise in coronavirus infections in some parts of the country, the central government has asked Delhi and six states to ensure adequate testing, promote Covid-appropriate behaviour and increase the pace of vaccination to contain the surge