Last week, the very popular financial publication, Zero Hedge was banned from Twitter, allegedly for an article, they wrote about the Coronavirus, that allegedly identified a scientist who they claimed was behind the outbreak. Buzzfeed Senior Reporter Ryan Broderick wrote about the Zero Hedge article, calling the financial publication a “Pro-Trump Blog,” and accusing them of doxing a Chinese scientist in their article.
Fox Business wrote about Twitter’s permanent suspension of Zero Hedge – Financial blog ZeroHedge called its permanent suspension from Twitter on Friday “arbitrary and unjustified,” after the site posted a link to an article on the origin of China’s new coronavirus outbreak.
The article — published Wednesday titled, “Is This The Man Behind The Global Coronavirus Pandemic?” — shared the name and personal information of a Chinese doctor and researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and linked him to a theory claiming the new virus is an engineered bioweapon.
Twitter said it suspended ZeroHedge, which had 670,000 followers, for violating its rules against “abuse and harassment,” according to a screenshot of a notification from Twitter shared by ZeroHedge pseudonymous author Tyler Durden.
The article that led to the suspension, which is still live on ZeroHedge.com, claims that an original version of the virus may have first been weaponized in Canada before it was obtained by a doctor at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, who is also a leader of the Bat Virus Infection and Immunization Group, and “accidentally or not” released into the public.
“Something tells us, if anyone wants to find out what really caused the coronavirus pandemic that has infected thousands of people in China and around the globe, they should probably pay [the doctor] a visit,” Durden wrote in the article. He then lists the doctor’s email and phone number.
On January 31, the author of the Buzzfeed article, Ryan Broderick tweeted about the possibility that his article, that essentially ‘outed’ Zero Hedge may have been the reason behind Twitter’s permanent suspension of the Zero Hedge account, tweeting:
“I’ve reached out to Twitter for clarity on this but it looks like ZeroHedge may have been suspended following my piece about them doxing a Chinese scientist and accusing him of weaponizing the #coronavirus“
I’ve reached out to Twitter for clarity on this but it looks like ZeroHedge may have been suspended following my piece about them doxing a Chinese scientist and accusing him of weaponizing the #coronavirus https://t.co/B3XXRCjJpQ pic.twitter.com/RLCR3Eg6q0
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) January 31, 2020
Broderick appears to be bragging about getting Zero Hedge banned from Twitter in this tweet:
“Just got a statement from Twitter: The ZeroHedge account was “permanently suspended for violating our platform manipulation policy.”
Just got a statement from Twitter:
The ZeroHedge account was “permanently suspended for violating our platform manipulation policy.”
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) February 1, 2020
In 2012, Ryan Broderick tweeted a question to President Trump about passing legislation that defines the difference between “us good-natured hebephiles and amoral pedophiles?”
According to Psychology Today, Hebephilia is the sexual preference for early adolescent children (those roughly ages 11 to 14). Some evidence suggests that hebephilia is a distinct and discernable erotic age preference.
Here’s Broderick’s tweet:
Mr. President, can you please pass legislation legally defining the difference between us good-natured hebephiles and amoral pedophiles?
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) August 29, 2012
Broderick’s comments caused quite a stir on Twitter. The popular teen conservative, CJ Pearson tweeted the definition of a hebephile, according to Gooogle.
A hebephile is, according to Google, an adult who has a “strong and persistent sexual interest in pubescent-aged individuals, generally aged 11–14.”
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) February 2, 2020
OANN’s Jack Posobiec tweeted about the popular investment blog that was rated the #5 value investing blog on the internet.
In 2018, Forbes named ZeroHedge the #5 Value Investing Blog on the internet pic.twitter.com/1nUz4WBE8T
— Jack Posobiec🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 2, 2020
“We are confident that we did not violate any of the stated Twitter terms: We neither incited harassment nor did we ‘dox’ the public official, whose contact information is as of this moment listed on the Wuhan institute’s website. As such, we find the suspension arbitrary and unjustified and potentially motivated by reasons other than the stated ones,” ZeroHedge told FOX Business.
So…it’s acceptable to Twitter for a senior reporter of Buzzfeed to identify as a hebephile on Twitter, and openly ask the President of the United States to pass legislation that differentiates you from a pedophile, but it’s not okay to include the contact information of a Chinese scientist?