“Looking at her side of the bed and crying. Just a lot of crying. I literally can do nothing,” she wrote.
The supposed death spurred outrage from others in academia, with a professor saying: “This person was a scientist who got Covid because they’d been forced to teach.”
“@Sciencing_Bi is a Native American anthropology professor who first contracted #COVID19 April 11, likely from her college forcing her to teach well after the virus had established itself at her college,” another person posted on Facebook.
But suspicions then began to swirl on Twitter that the whole account had been a scam, according to Buzzfeed.
A few days later, on Sunday, Twitter suspended both @Sciencing_Bi and McLaughlin’s accounts for violating policies that, among other things, bar the coordination of fake accounts.
The same day, an ASU spokesperson, described the anonymous account as a hoax, saying it had posted bogus information about the school, which closed its campus in March and did not implement salary cuts.