Facebook Will Stop Banning Posts That Claim COVID-19 Was Man-Made or Manufactured

A narrative that was previously “debunked” as a conspiracy theory is now shifting to becoming a possibility. The move comes as Wuhan lab-leak theory is gaining mainstream attention.

Coincidence or not, when Donald Trump espoused the theory that the coronavirus could have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China, Facebook labelled it “misinformation.” Now the social media giant is having a rethink.

President Biden has claimed the intelligence community is split between the origins of COVID being human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident. Biden has ordered a new report on the virus’s origin to be delivered in 90 days.

“In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of [Covid-19] and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that [Covid-19] is man-made from our apps,” a Facebook spokesperson told Politico on Wednesday evening, in an emailed statement.

Forsided, 27.05.2021

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