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Twitter is refusing to take down a tweet blaming the United States military for the epidemic that began with the Wuhan virus, more commonly known as the Coronavirus, in China by planting it in the middle of the city with the hopes that it would fester.
Lijian Zhao, deputy director of China’s Foreign Ministry Information Department, tweeted on Thursday with the suggestion that the U.S. military brought the virus to Wuhan.
“When did Patient Zero appear in the United States? How many people are infected? What is the name of the hospital?” he tweeted. “It may be that the US military brought the epidemic to Wuhan.”
2/2 美国疾控中心主任被抓了个现行。零号病人是什么时候在美国出现的？有多少人被感染？医院的名字是什么？可能是美军把疫情带到了武汉。美国要透明！要公开数据！美国欠我们一个解释！ pic.twitter.com/vYNZRFPWo3
— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) March 12, 2020
According to the Daily Caller, Twitter told the DCNF that the tweet doesn’t violate any of the rules for conduct on the site and will not be taking it down. As the DCNF explains, this comes after the announcement of rules regarding the downranking of vitriolic tweets from politicians, including President Donald Trump:
Twitter’s decision to decline action came after the company announced in June 2019 that it will begin labeling and down ranking politicians’ most vitriolic tweets, a move that could affect how President Donald Trump promotes his message.
The label applies to all verified political candidates and officials with more than 100,000 followers, Twitter noted in a blog post. Users who want to view flagged content must click on a screen that says Twitter’s rules against abusive behavior apply to the tweet.
Blaming the epidemic of the virus in the United States when the virus clearly began in Wuhan, China, is about as vitriolic as it comes. It would appear, however, that Twitter doesn’t mind Chinese politicians making wild claims, blaming the U.S. for the epidemic it created.
Twitter spokesman Trenton Kennedy was present at the conference where Trump asked tech companies to help stomp out misinformation and conspiracy theories on Wednesday.
“With a critical mass of expert organizations, official government accounts, health professionals, and epidemiologists on Twitter, our goal is to elevate and amplify authoritative health information on our service,” said Kennedy.
Apparently, this doesn’t apply to Chinese officials.