The social media profile, which has around 60,000 followers, turned dark after the scientist claimed to have scientific evidence that the Chinese government was involved in the creation of the highly contagious new coronavirus.
In May, the platform introduced a new label and warning message designed to indicate “context and information” on tweets containing disputed Covid-19 claims.
“We can use warning labels and messages to provide additional explanation or clarification in situations where the risk of harm associated with the tweet is less severe but where people may still be confused or misled by the content,” the bird logo platform said.
Meanwhile, suspend Li Meng Yan’s account goes further than just a warning label or flag. It remains unclear whether any specific tweets violate policy.
Newsweek’s Dunukil, Wednesday (9/16/2020), reports suggest the account has four posts, one of which is a link to preprinted paper containing a series of unsubstantiated claims about the origins of the global pandemic. The report is not peer-reviewed, which is a standard academic evaluation process.
“The theory of natural origins, although widely accepted, does not have substantial support,” said the group’s paper.
“The alternative theory that the virus may have originated in research laboratories is, however, strictly censored in peer-reviewed scientific journals,” the paper continued.