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from Johns Hopkins, Columbia and
other leading American universities moved with rare speed when a Chinese
virologist, Li-Meng Yan, published an explosive paper in September claiming
that China had created the deadly coronavirus in
a research lab.
The paper, the
American scientists concluded, was deeply flawed. And a new online journal from
MIT Press — created specifically to vet claims related to SARS-CoV-2 — reported
Yan’s claims were “at times baseless and are not supported by the data” 10 days
after she posted them.
in an age when anyone can publish anything online with a few clicks, this
response was not fast enough to keep Yan’s disputed allegations from going
viral, reaching an audience in the millions on social media and Fox News. It
was a development, according to experts on misinformation, that underscored how
systems built to advance scientific understanding can be used to spread
politically charged claims dramatically at odds with scientific consensus.
work, which was posted to the scientific research repository Zenodo without any
review on Sept. 14, exploded on Twitter, YouTube and far-right websites with
the help of such conservative influencers as Republican strategist Stephen K.
Bannon, who repeatedly pushed it on his online show “War Room: Pandemic,”
according to a report published
Harvard researchers studying media manipulation. Yan expanded her claims, on
Oct. 8, to blame the Chinese government explicitly for developing the
coronavirus as a “bioweapon.”
I know there is a thread somewhere but I dont think it has been posted on in a long time so lets start fresh.