Facebook Censored Chinese Whistleblower: Report

December 18th, 2021 5:12 PM

UPDATE: Science Feedback changed its Fact Check to “Missing Context” from “Partly False.”

Facebook allegedly censored a video from a Chinese whistleblower detailing the origins of COVID.

Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist, fled to America after exposing the origins of COVID-19. She spoke with The Daily Signal about what she said are the true origins of the virus, orchestrated in China with the approval of the Chinese Communist Party.

When The Signal published an exclusive interview with Yan about her research, Facebook flagged the video with a “partly false information” warning.

On some posts sharing the video, a warning from Facebook noting “Independent fact-checkers reviewed the information and said it was partly false. The post is no longer available” appeared.

Science Feedback’s FactCheck stated, “The virus causing COVID-19 most likely evolved in natural wildlife populations before spreading to humans.”

Yan said her research says the opposite.

“The virus actually does not come from nature. It came from the lab, the lab controlled by the Chinese Communist Party government and its military. … The Chinese government has developed a novel bioweapon,” she said. Yan also stated that she was warned not to go public with her research.

“Be silent, don’t cross a red line. If not, you will be disappeared,” Yan said her supervisor told her in early 2020.

When The Signal asked Facebook about the flag, the platform allegedly blamed the fact-checker.

“Just as all fact-checks, if you wish to issue a correction or dispute a rating, we ask that you please contact the fact-checking organization directly,” Facebook said. “Third-party fact-checkers apply their ratings independently from Facebook and are responsible for responding to appeals. More information about the process can be found in our Help Center.”

The Daily Signal is in the process of appealing Facebook’s decision.