Lord Sugar, 73, has been criticised for sharing “fake news” about the coronavirus in view of his 5.3 million Twitter followers. The Apprentice star posted a conspiracy theory about the origins of COVID-19 from a Japanese professor named Dr Tasuku Honjo.
The professor argued that the virus was created by humans in a laboratory.
Alan shared Dr Honjo’s views yesterday without his own caption on the micro-blogging site.
The post read: "Based on all my knowledge and research to date, I can say with 100 per cent confidence that corona is not natural.
“It did not come from bats. China made it.
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Lord Sugar sparks backlash after sharing ‘dangerous' coronavirus theory (Image: GETTY)
Lord Sugar deleted the tweet after his followers criticised him (Image: GETTY)
"If what I say today turns out to be false now, or even after I die, the Government can withdraw my Nobel Prize.
“But China is lying and the truth one day will be revealed to all."
The entrepreneur’s post caused backlash, with some of his followers repeating his “you’re fired” catchphrase back to him.
Historian Greg Jenner replied: "Please delete this. It's fake news and very dangerous."
Lord Sugar later admitted the post was 'fake news' after Dr Tasuku Honjo refuted the claims (Image: GETTY)
Lord Sugar and Piers Morgan have been clashing over the latter's criticism of the government (Image: GETTY)
Another Twitter user wrote: "You do know this is from a fake account don't you Lord Plonker? How terrifyingly irresponsible to have you in the British parliament."