Elon Musk revealed in a tweet on Tuesday evening that former Twitter employees “unironically” ran an internal Slack group titled “Fauci Fan Club” in support of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
In a Twitter thread largely criticizing Fauci for lying about gain-of-function research, Musk replied by posting a link to a Newsweek article titled “Fauci Was ‘Untruthful’ to Congress About Wuhan Lab Research, New Documents Appear to Show.”
The article linked to a September 2021 column that revealed Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funded gain-of-function research.
In virology, gain-of-function research involves modifying pathogens to be more infectious, more lethal, or both.
The Twitter thread began on Tuesday with a meme posted by venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, mocking Fauci for being dishonest.
In a series of replies to the meme, Elon Musk tweeted, “Almost no one seems to realize that the head of bioethics at NIH – the person who is supposed to make sure that Fauci behaves ethically – is his wife.”
Musk replied to the thread again and linked to a May 2021 article from the National Review titled, “Fauci Argued Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research Outweighed Pandemic Risk in 2012 Paper.” Musk argued that gain-of-function research is “just another way of saying ‘bioweapon.'”
“Important to note that Fauci authored 2012 paper arguing for gain-of-function research!” he added. “Obama wisely put this on pause, but Fauci restarted it.”
Musk replied again to the Twitter thread and revealed, “Despite these glaring issues, Twitter nonetheless had an internal Slack channel unironically called ‘Fauci Fan Club.'”
Since becoming Twitter CEO, Musk has made it a priority to release internal documents that reveal the company suppressed accounts sharing viewpoints that did not align with establishment narratives.
The latest Twitter Files installment, posted by David Zweig, exposed “How Twitter rigged the COVID debate” by “censoring info that was true but inconvenient to U.S. govt. policy,” “discrediting doctors and other experts who disagreed,” and “suppressing ordinary users, including some sharing the CDC’s *own data*.”
— Marc Andreessen (@Marc Andreessen)