Facebook backs down and stops censoring virus origin claims

Just The NewsFacebook will no longer eliminate posts that allege coronavirus is man-made or manufactured.

"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 or manufactured from our apps," the company said on Wednesday. "We’re continuing to work with health experts to keep pace with the evolving nature of the pandemic and regularly update our policies as new facts and trends emerge."

The move represents an about-face for the social media giant which announced in February that it would start removing posts that made such claims.

Why such intense interest in censoring discussion of virus origination claims, a hugely significant step for Facebook? Why were these particular claims so important to shut down? Why the sudden and embarrassing about face?

This entry was published Mon Jun 28 22:14:56 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2021-06-28 22:14:56.0. [Tweet]

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