Facebook reverses policy to allow posts speculating that COVID-19 was made in a lab
Facebook has lifted its ban on content speculating about the origins of COVID-19, and theories about its possible lab creation, Politico reports.
The Facebook policy shift comes after months of targeting content that the social media site deemed misinformation regarding the pandemic.
In December, Facebook announced it would be nixing posts that contained false information about the coronavirus vaccines.
Posts containing false claims about “safety, efficacy, ingredients or side effects” were added to the list of already banned content, which included more general coronavirus misinformation.
In recent weeks, the theory that COVID-19 escaped from a laboratory gained some traction in Washington, resulting in President Biden announcing a ramped-up effort to confirm how the virus originated.
“As part of that report, I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China,” Biden said in a statement. “I have also asked that this effort include work by our National Labs and other agencies of our government to augment the Intelligence Community’s efforts. And I have asked the Intelligence Community to keep Congress fully apprised of its work.”
Updated: 9:45 p.m.
The Hill has removed its comment section, as there are many other forums for readers to participate in the conversation. We invite you to join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.