Journalist, television presenter, and political commentator, Tucker Carlson of Fox News, targeted Facebook and other large social networks, accusing them of being involved in an alarming pattern of censorship on key issues linked to the CCP Virus, after Facebook placed a warning label on the interview given to him by an exiled Chinese virologist, who accuses the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of having manufactured the CCP Virus (Wuhan virus).

Virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan, during the interview with Carlson, and which was uploaded by Fox on Tuesday, Sept. 15, assured that the CCP intentionally manufactured and released the CCP Virus, blaming the Party for the global paralysis of the economy and the hundreds of thousands of deaths around the world.

Carlson asked Yan specifically if she believed that the CCP had released the virus “on purpose,” and she answered without hesitation: “Yes, of course, it’s intentionally.”

Yan, who said she was one of the first scientists in the world to study the new coronavirus, escaped from China and now fears reprisals against her for the information she is providing to the world. By her own admission, she was specifically asked last year by her supervisor at the University of Hong Kong laboratory, Dr. Leo Poon, to investigate the rare group of SARS-like cases that were leaving mainland China in late December 2019.

The allegation is extremely serious and adds to a long list of criticisms of the CCP’s handling of information about the virus and the measures it took at the beginning of the outbreak, which led to its spread around the world. 

Such was the impact on viewers of Yan’s comments that, according to Carlson, that within hours of her interview the video had reached 1.3 million people on Facebook.

Carlson was extremely angry with the handling by social networks, especially Facebook, which he accused of wanting to hide the origin of the virus. He said that Facebook executives would be preventing users from viewing his segment, and those who manage to find his interview with Yan can watch it but under the warning that the interview “repeats information about COVID-19 [CCP Virus] that independent fact-checkers say is false.”

Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook, did the same and Twitter directly suspended the account completely, deleting Yan’s account without explanation.

Carlson defended her interviewee, recounting the professional’s background and emphasizing the amount of studies and doctorates she has on related issues. And although he affirmed that he has no way of proving whether the claims that the CCP unleashed the virus intentionally are true, under no point of view can a person be censured, accredited by the scientific community, just for defending those ideas. 

“She’s authored peer-reviewed papers on coronavirus [CCP Virus] transmission in both Nature Magazine and The Lancet. Those are two of the most respected publications in all of science. Her paper on the origin of COVID-19, which she has published online, is not frivolous. In it, she points to specific evidence for the claims that she makes,”  Carlson said of Yan. 

It is becoming increasingly clear that Facebook uses censorship as a tool to minimize the circulation of information that it considers for some reason to be detrimental to its interests. 

“Censorship does not make us wiser. It does not make us better informed. If it did, we’d be speaking Russian right now, the Soviet Union would run the world. It would have worked. But instead the Soviet Union is extinct. It collapsed under the weight of its own absurdities—absurdities abetted by censorship. And that’s the most basic lesson of dictatorships, all of them. Anything built on lies falls apart over time.”