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Elon Musk reveals ex Twitter employees ran ‘Fauci Fan Club’ Slack channel

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Elon Musk disclosed that former Twitter employees were behind the fanatical Slack channel called “Fauci Fan Club” in honor of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the foremost authority on infectious diseases in the U.S.

Musk says Twitter employees were behind ‘Fauci Fan Club’ Slack channel

Musk made the assertion on Twitter in a discussion in which he attacked Fauci. Dr. Fauci was accused by Musk of lying about so-called “gain-of-function” research, which some contend may have contributed to the coronavirus’s spread.

The Twitter boss wrote in a tweet late on Tuesday, “Despite these glaring issues, Twitter nonetheless had an internal Slack channel unironically called ‘Fauci Fan Club.” He didn’t go into detail about how many staff used the Slack channel.

Musk replied to a tweet thread on Tuesday, in which a meme was shared by venture capitalist Marc Andreessen accusing Fauci of lying. The Tesla CEO included a link to an article in Newsweek titled “Fauci Was ‘Untruthful’ to Congress About Wuhan Lab Research, New Documents Appear to Show” in a series of tweets.

The National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, led by Fauci, was revealed to have funded so-called “gain-of-function research of concern,” according to a September 2021 report by The Intercept that was referenced in the Newsweek article.

Spread of Wuhan facility source of disagreement around ‘gain-of-function’

The argument over whether the coronavirus developed in a facility in Wuhan, China, is the source of the disagreement around “gain-of-function.” At first, conventional experts believed that the virus probably started at a Wuhan wet market, where exotic animals like bats are sold to consumers.

The idea that the coronavirus spread because of a lab accident where scientists let the pathogen leak has not, however, been ruled out by specialists.

Since taking over Twitter, Musk has made documents known as “The Twitter Files” available to media outlets, providing an inside look at how the platform’s prior administration chooses which information to restrict.

The most recent installment by journalist David Zweig is titled “How Twitter rigged the COVID debate.” It accuses the platform of “censoring info that was true but inconvenient to U.S. govt. policy” and of “discrediting doctors and other experts who disagreed.”

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Brendan Taylor

Brendan Taylor was a TV news producer for 5 and a half years. He is an experienced writer. Brendan covers Breaking News at Insider Paper.







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