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Chinese Businessman Linked To Steve Bannon Uses Online Network To Spread Covid-19 Misinformation

October 11th, 2021 13:50

US media is report­ing that Chi­nese exiled busi­ness­man Guo Wen­gui, linked to Steve Ban­non and oth­er US far-right fig­ures, is using his media net­work to spread mis­in­for­ma­tion about unproven drugs to treat Covid-19. Accord­ing to a CNBC report:

Sep­tem­ber 7, 2021 Guo Wen­gui, a wealthy busi­ness­man who fled Chi­na in 2014 and is linked to sev­er­al high-pro­file far-right per­son­al­i­ties in Amer­i­ca, has been using his online net­work to pro­mote unproven drugs to treat Covid-19 while spread­ing mis­in­for­ma­tion about the vac­cines used to com­bat the dis­ease. As recent­ly as Sun­day on a livestream, Guo used his show on the online plat­form GTV to push iver­mectin, which is used to treat par­a­sitic infec­tions, and malar­ia drug artemisinin as ways to bat­tle the coro­n­avirus. Nei­ther the Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion nor the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion have approved either drug for treat­ing Covid. The FDA and the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion have warned against using iver­mectin to treat and pre­vent Covid infections.

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CNBC goes on to report:

Guo has been close to for­mer Trump White House chief strate­gist Steve Ban­non for years. A foun­da­tion linked to Guo recent­ly host­ed an event that fea­tured remarks by Ban­non and oth­ers tied to for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, includ­ing lawyer and for­mer New York May­or Rudy Giu­liani, for­mer nation­al secu­ri­ty advi­sor Michael Fly­nn and MyP­il­low CEO and con­spir­a­cy the­o­rist Mike Lindell.

In May, we report­ed on Guo Wengui’s dis­in­for­ma­tion net­work that includes com­pa­nies and orga­ni­za­tions such as the Rule of Law Soci­ety and GTV Media Group, which Wen­gui found­ed togeth­er with for­mer Trump advi­sor Steve Bannon.