How Facebook was forced to lift its ban on Wuhan lab leak theory

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Finally! How Facebook was forced to lift its ban on Wuhan lab leak theory – after Joe Biden ordered intelligence agencies to investigate

  • Facebook previously sided with left-wing media organizations scoffing at the notion that the Chinese government had covered up the source of the virus
  • Liberal critics have rejected the idea when it was proposed by then-President Donald Trump last year
  • The pioneering tech company has withdrawn its ban just hours after President Biden launched an investigation to establish the truth and report back to him within 90 days.

For months, Facebook banned any comments that dared to suggest that Covid-19 was a man-made virus that came from a Wuhan lab.

But last week, the social media giant made a dramatic turnaround after US President Joe Biden ordered intelligence agencies to investigate the lab leak theory.

It had previously sided with left-wing media organizations scoffing at the idea that the Chinese government had covered up the source of the virus.

Liberal critics have rejected the idea when it was proposed by then-President Donald Trump last year.

For months, Facebook banned any comments that dared to suggest that Covid-19 was a man-made virus that came from a Wuhan lab.  But last week, the social media giant made a dramatic turnaround after US President Joe Biden ordered intelligence agencies to investigate the theory of the lab leak.

For months, Facebook banned any comments that dared to suggest that Covid-19 was a man-made virus that came from a Wuhan lab. But last week, the social media giant made a dramatic turnaround after US President Joe Biden ordered intelligence agencies to investigate the theory of the lab leak.

MPs criticized Sir Nick Clegg, Facebook's head of global policy, as 'weak' for allowing months of social network censorship during discussions of the theory

MPs criticized Sir Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global policy, as ‘weak’ for allowing months of social network censorship during discussions of the theory

The pioneering tech company has withdrawn its ban just hours after President Biden launched an investigation to establish the truth and report back to him within 90 days.

It came after The Wall Street Journal reported that three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology became ill enough in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, according to a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report.

“In light of ongoing research into the origins of Covid-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove claims that Covid-19 is man-made or manufactured from our apps,” Facebook announced Wednesday.

MPs criticized Sir Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global policy, as “weak” for allowing months of social network censorship during discussions of the theory.

Tory MP Bob Seely called Facebook’s behavior “ despicable ” and hoped the company would now respect freedom of speech instead of agreeing to China, which has officially banned the website from a £ 3 billion ad market year remains for social media. media giant.

Facebook has insisted that the ban was based on advice from experts, including the World Health Organization (WHO).

The theory that the virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute gained momentum after Beijing rigorously monitored a site visit by WHO researchers in January.

The WHO team was given only three hours to enter the laboratory and was unable to view the safety logs or test reports of Wuhan Institute staff. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, admitted the visit was inconclusive, adding that ‘all hypotheses are open’ and warrant future study.

Following Facebook’s turnaround, Conservative MP Peter Bone said, “ It seems to me that Facebook is not an open platform for people to voice their opinions.

“It is an open platform on which people can express their opinion, as long as they agree with Facebook.”

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith said, “You have a real problem. I think the power of the social media giants transcends the power of governments. These are decisions about debate. They are not about conspiracy. ‘

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