Quantcast

China’s New Claim: Maine Lobsters (Not Lab Leak) Spread COVID to Wuhan

'It seems like accounts are being set up now to replace the ones taken down in response to our investigation...'

Chinese diplomats and internet trolls have come up with a novel, if disingenuous, idea about the source of the COVID-19 pandemic, said NBC News via Yahoo.

“Zha Liyou, the Chinese consul general in Kolkata, India, tweeted an unfounded claim that Covid-19 could have been imported to China from the United States through a batch of Maine lobsters shipped to a seafood market in Wuhan in November 2019,” said NBC News.

“It marks the latest in a series of theories that have been pushed by pro-China accounts since the start of the pandemic,” the report noted.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

Since the discovery of the tweet, a researcher at the University of Oxford has identified over 500 Twitter accounts that have spread the message almost verbatim, translated into several languages “including English, Spanish, French, Polish, Korean and even Latin” that were posted between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. China time.

China has a vast network of paid internet trolls, called the Wumao Army, and the propaganda campaign tying COVID to US lobsters has all the hallmarks of a Wumao attack, such as “preferring to pump out government-suggested posts verbatim,” according to Foreign Policy magazine.

Despite the hardline stance Twitter, Google and Facebook have taken in trying to censor American conservatives, the woke social-media companies have shown little appetite for going after Chinese misinformation.

This is not the first time, however, that lobsters have been abused by China because of COVID.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

Last year, China banned lobsters from Australia after the government down-under called for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

China often uses trade policy as a method of making its displeasure felt, while reinforcing the message with its army of Twitter users, both official and unofficial.

China has been encouraged in these tactics by a joint Chinese and World Health Organization report that said that COVID could have been transported to China via frozen food.

While it is easy to identify the Wumao accounts spreading the COVID theory, as soon as they are removed, new accounts sprout up.

“We slowed it down significantly, but we still see some coordinated effort to spread the message,” the Oxford researcher said about lobster-COVID theory according to NBC. “It seems like accounts are being set up now to replace the ones taken down in response to our investigation.”

- Advertisement -

TRENDING NOW

Alleged Cultural Inclusiveness of ‘Latinx’ Lingo Costing Democrat Voters

Despite the best efforts of Democrats, social justice gadflies, and academic elitists to mainstream the concocted term "Latinx," a new poll showed that a significant...

California’s Woke Math Curriculum Gets Failing Grades, Harming Education

Over 700 mathematicians and scientists signed a letter denouncing the California Mathematics Framework, a “woke” approach to math instituted by the state, as bad...

Chris Cuomo Hires Lawyer to File Suit Against CNN For Dismissal

After being fired by CNN for a presumed violation of journalistic ethics, and possibly sexual harassment, Chris Cuomo didn’t take much time to hire...

COVID Czars Eyeing Virus Mutants for More Control

(Headline USA) As the omicron coronavirus variant spreads in southern Africa and pops up in countries all around the world, scientists are anxiously watching...

Ambush Attacks on Police Skyrocket in Wake of Leftist Defund Movement

In a year that saw radical leftist elites and woke-washed politicians wailing about the need to defund police departments, an appallingly high number of...

Failed Obama Foreign Policy Looms Over Biden and Putin Talks

(Headline USA) President Joe Biden is ready to warn Vladimir Putin during a video call that Russia will face economy-jarring sanctions if it invades...

Survivors Gather to Remember Those Lost at Pearl Harbor

(Headline USA) A few dozen survivors of Pearl Harbor are expected to gather at the site of the Japanese bombing 80 years ago to...

Rep. Castro: AT&T & Discovery Merger Will Hurt Diversity

(Headline USA) Congressional Democrats are raising concerns that the proposed merger of Discovery and AT&T's WarnerMedia, a $43 billion effort to conquer the world...

Fired CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo Quits SiriusXM Show Too

(Associated Press) Fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said he's dropping his SiriusXM radio show, a decision that followed a sexual harassment allegation. "While I have...
- Advertisement -