Twitter bans Zero Hedge after it posts coronavirus conspiracy theory - 2020-02-03

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F9.png Twitter bans Zero Hedge after it posts coronavirus conspiracy theory February 3, 2020, Kate Gibson, CBS News

The financial website Zero Hedge is now barred from Twitter after publishing an article relaying a conspiracy theory that a Chinese scientist might be to blame for the coronavirus outbreak.

Zero Hedge on Friday wrote that Twitter had notified the site that it had violated the social media platform's "rules against abuse and harassment." That followed a report by BuzzFeed that Zero Hedge had shared the identity and personal information — including the email and phone number — of a Chinese researcher it claimed might know about the source of the virus.

The article, posted under the pseudonym "Tyler Durden" (the fictional character played by Brad Pitt in the movie "Fight Club"), was titled "Is This Man Behind The Global Coronavirus Pandemic?" It included a photograph of a scientist at Wuhan's Institute of Virology and suggested that anyone curious about the epidemic might want to pay him "a visit."

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{{cite news | first = Kate | last = Gibson | title = Twitter bans Zero Hedge after it posts coronavirus conspiracy theory | url = https://www.cbsnews.com/news/twitter-bans-zero-hedge-coronavirus-conspiracy-theory/ | work = CBS News | date = February 3, 2020 | accessdate = July 21, 2020 }}