Monday, April 27, 2020

Exclusive: She's been falsely accused of starting the coronavirus. Her life has been turned upside down

Maatje Benassi, a US Army reservist and mother of two, has become the target of conspiracy theorists who falsely place her at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, saying she brought the disease to China.
The false claims are spreading across YouTube every day, so far racking up hundreds of thousands of apparent views, and have been embraced by Chinese Communist Party media. Despite never having tested positive for the coronavirus or experienced symptoms, Benassi and her husband are now subjects of discussion on Chinese social media about the outbreak, including among accounts that are known drivers of large-scale coordinated activities by their followers.
The claims have turned their lives upside down. The couple say their home address has been posted online and that, before they shut down their accounts, their social media inboxes were overrun with messages from believers of the conspiracy.

1 comment :

  1. What do the Chinese care? They need to blame someone else, to change history to ensure they can say "It wasn't our fault! We're the biggest victims here!" If that means setting up the internet to destroy an innocent woman, they'll do it.


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