Facebook says it will no longer remove claims that COVID-19 is man-made or fabricated from its apps
“This is one of the reasons that content moderation should not be constant, scientific consensus changes over time,” said Fazio. “It’s also a reminder to be polite and the best current answer to some questions is” We don’t know yet “or” It’s possible, but experts think it’s unlikely. “
Facebook’s reversal occurred when President Joe Biden ordered US intelligence officials to “double” their efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, which may have a Chinese laboratory with any possibility. After months of downplaying these claims as a fringe theory, the Biden administration is joining pressure around the world to become more open about China’s outbreak. The aim is to address the GOP’s complaints that Biden has not been strict enough and to use the opportunity to pressure China on the perceived interruption.
Facebook Vice President Guy Rosen said in a statement on Wednesday, “We are continuing to work with health experts to keep pace with the evolving nature of the epidemic and regularly update our policies as new facts and Trends emerge. “