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Buzzfeed gets Zerohedge suspended from Twitter over coronavirus post (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 457.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Twitter’s suspension of the Zerohedge account after a Buzzfeed activist/journalist reported the financial-news site to the social network, for allegedly doxing a Chinese scientist connected to coronavirus research, in a recent article.

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Via Reuters…

Twitter Inc has banned financial market website Zero Hedge from the social media platform after it published an article linking a Chinese scientist to the outbreak of the fast-spreading coronavirus last week.

Zero Hedge said it received a notification from Twitter on Friday, accusing it of violating the social media company’s “rules against abuse and harassment.”

The move against the website came as the coronavirus has stoked a wave of anti-China sentiment around the globe. Hoaxes have spread widely online, promoted by conspiracy theorists and exacerbated by a dearth of information from the cordoned-off zone around China’s central city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began.

Twitter confirmed to Reuters on Sunday Zero Hedge’s account on its platform had been permanently suspended for violating “platform manipulation policy”. The account had 670,000 followers as of its suspension.

A fresh Twitter account set up in the last two days with the same profile picture as the banned account and a link to the Zero Hedge website already has more than 11,000 followers.

Zero Hedge said that the new account was not operated by them and they “have no idea who is operating it”.

The website, which covers mostly finance and economics-related news, posts articles using the pseudonym Tyler Durden, a fictional character played by Brad Pitt in the movie “Fight Club”.

Social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook have pledged to take down accounts that spread misinformation about the virus.

The coronavirus has killed more than 300 people in China, and more than two dozen other countries have confirmed cases of the virus.

Zero Hedge said it initially thought the suspension was triggered by an article it published on Friday about the makeup of the coronavirus. But it suggested it later learned Twitter had received a complaint from online news website BuzzFeed over a separate article.

BuzzFeed said Zero Hedge had released the personal information of a scientist from Wuhan in an article that made allegations about coronavirus having been concocted “as a bioweapon.” The article was titled “Is This The Man Behind The Global Coronavirus Pandemic?”

BuzzFeed did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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February 6, 2020

I’ve stopped reading ZH’s stories on this topic and many others. They seem to be under the same instructions as tabloids like the Daily Mail and corporate media to ramp up the fear factor as much as possible. I seriously don’t understand what the panic is about. There have been 563 deaths in a country of 1.4 billion. The average age of the dead is 68. Meanwhile about 8,600 people have died in the US this flu season. The difference between China and the U.S. is that medical care is free and unemployment is low. So if tens of thousands… Read more »

Reply to  RR
February 6, 2020

“People say the Chinese government “always lies”. And the US, UK etc. governments always tell the truth?”
The western Governments lie when its suits their ends. The Chinese Government lies when its suits their ends. The western Governments oppress their people when its suits their ends. The Chinese Government oppress their people when its suits their ends.
Those that believe in white hats or black hats are pathetic, brainwashed ideologues.
One story that I find at least credible is this one.

T W Huning
T W Huning
February 6, 2020

Who decides what constitutes misinformation about the virus??

T W Huning
T W Huning
February 6, 2020

ZeroHedge, pot calling the kettle black. Ryan Broderick himself is guilty of actual “doxing”:

February 7, 2020

Someone (?NRA?) got me suspended for advocating “#GunInsurrance” on Twitter. Anyone knows how to reverse the process? I appealed and have been put on hold till review (>1w) unless I remove my tweet (which I won’t).
See example bellowe:

Thanks for your appeal
You appealed 1 Tweet.

@whitetailcons91 @POTUS @kobebryant ???????????????? = #GunInsurance ???????????????? = #AmmoInsurance Better retard & rich than an insuranceless imbecile, in need
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