After flagging President Trumps tweet’s, Twitter puts fact-check label on China official’s tweet

Twitter placed a blue exclamation mark below a tweet posted by Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson which focused on urging users to check the data related to the virus outburst.  

As the social media giant Twitter conducts fact-checking of tweets, Twitter has now flagged a tweet posted in March by a Chinese government spokesperson which proposed that the U.S. military brought the coronavirus to China. Twitter posted a blue exclamation mark below a tweet by Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman along with a comment asking the users to appropriately check the facts about this virus outburst. 

On 12th March, Zhao had tweeted saying “When did patient zero begin in the US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be the US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!”

After clicking on the link provided in this comment, Twitter redirects users to a webpage with the headline, “WHO says evidence suggests COVID-19 originated in animals and was not produced in a lab.”

This incident took place after twitter fact-checked U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday for the very first time over his allegations about mail-in ballots, under what it claims to be an extension of a “misleading information policy” intended to avoid the spread of misinformation about COVID-19.

 

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