She’s the target of a coronavirus conspiracy theory. Now she’s afraid for her life

May 20, 2020 By



Conspiracy theorists claim military worker Maatje Benassi brought coronavirus to China. She didn’t. Benassi speaks exclusively to CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan about how being the target of these theories has ruined her life.

“The false claims are spreading across YouTube every day, so far racking up hundreds of thousands of apparent views, and have been embraced by Chinese Communist Party media. Despite never having tested positive for the coronavirus or experienced symptoms, Benassi and her husband are now subjects of discussion on Chinese social media about the outbreak, including among accounts that are known drivers of large-scale coordinated activities by their followers. The claims have turned their lives upside down,” CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan writes.

Read more about Maatje’s story at CNN.com: https://cnn.it/2yR3ccc

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