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Facebook Ends Ban on Posts Describing COVID-19 as Man-Made

Facebook Ends Ban on Posts Describing COVID-19 as Man-Made

Also undergoing a big turnaround is the Democratic Party leadership’s attitude about the pandemic starting point.

I have been covering the coronavirus story since early January 2020. when cases of a respiratory illness breaking out around a Wuhan, China seafood market first surfaced.

I scoured the international reports and American analysis. Finally, I wrote about evidence of a lab-leak origin on February 16, 2020.

I had optimism about my assessment of when case numbers would drop. My recommendations for exercise, a balanced diet, ventilation, and vitamins stand the test of time.

Yet, social media platforms have limited which of my coronavirus articles the Legal Insurrection team could share. Facebook flagged my items I shared on my page as “Fake News.” It threatened my account for some of the fact-rich analysis I offered (even though I had links to either medical journals or traditional news media source articles). Despite my biochemistry background and my professional experience in infection control, I was dismissed as a “conspiracy theorist” in comments when I challenged the articles that had the preferred narrative.

Now Facebook is making a “fact reversal” and will no longer ban posts claiming COVID-19 was man-made.

Facebook will no longer remove posts on its platform asserting COVID-19 was man-made, a new report said, as President Biden on Wednesday ordered US intelligence agencies to investigate if the virus came from a Chinese lab.

“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.

“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 spokesperson told the outlet.

Facebook instituted the prohibition on mand-made coronavirus articles in February 2020. Facebook’s policy shift follows the Wall Street Journal reports about three scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology hospitalized in late 2019 with symptoms consistent with the virus.

The findings have reinvigorated the debate about the so-called Wuhan lab-leak theory, once dismissed as a fringe conspiracy theory.

President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he has ordered the intelligence community to “redouble” its efforts to find out the virus’ origin and report back in 90 days. Biden also revealed that the intelligence community is split between two theories about Covid-19’s origin, and said the review will examine “whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.” Bipartisan support is also building on Capitol Hill for a congressional inquiry.

But the focus of late has been on the notion that the virus may have accidentally escaped from the lab, not that it was man-made or purposely released — theories that could now propagate on Facebook. Genetic studies of the virus have found flaws in the protein it uses to bind to human cells. Those are features that someone trying to engineer a bioweapon likely would have avoided.

So Facebook bases its “debunking” procedures on the analysis of reporters who usually have a little scientific background and extract the “soundbite” they need to promote the narrative.  I am looking forward to seeing what this new insight might lead to in terms of reversing bans on other scientific topics (e.g., climate change and food science).

The media is not only accepting the possibility of a lab leak. The press is also open to the idea COVID is derived from a bio-manipulated pathogen in the laboratory. What an astonishing turnaround.

Also undergoing a big turnaround is the Democratic Party leadership’s attitude about the pandemic starting point.

Democrats had previously dismissed the lab leak theory as a GOP talking point. But lawmakers from both parties are giving the scenario renewed consideration after The Wall Street Journal reported that three scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in November 2019 after developing symptoms consistent with Covid-19 — just before the virus spread across China.

“As we analyze what went wrong and what we can do in the future, we have to have answers to these questions, too,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a member of the Senate’s health committee. “And I think you’re going to see Congress addressing some of these matters as well. We’ve got to get to the bottom of it.”

These developments make me wonder precisely what news about the virus is about to be unleashed.

In conclusion, I would like to say: Welcome to the party, pal.


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Some bad news coming out Fauxci?

Who benefited from their “fact check”? The logical conclusion is to ban Facebook for violating its position of trust.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to n.n. | May 27, 2021 at 11:09 am

    I did that a long time ago. Facebook deserves to be dumped for many reasons.

Halcyon Daze | May 27, 2021 at 10:09 am

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!

Big Brother malquoted doubleplusungood.

henrybowman | May 27, 2021 at 10:23 am

America to Facebook:
You don’t always possess the truth, you arrogant bastards.
Your assumption that you know what is true resulted in the equivalent of over a year’s publishing of fake news, your own fake news.
Facebook, punish thyself!

PrincetonAl | May 27, 2021 at 10:50 am

Whoopsie, we got caught censoring the truth. Time to memory hole those articles that contradict our current position while we decide how to spin the new stubborn facts into a new truth form and censor those who say we censor.

Understood, Komrade?

Meanwhile – crickets from Twitter, Instagram et al.

broomhandle | May 27, 2021 at 11:53 am

Why not just be honest. Here is what Facebook could have said: “During the pandemic, Facebook was directed to lie about the pandemic because the public outrage could have escalated to war with China, and would have destroyed billions in wealth because of our economic dependence on China. Now that the vaccines are available and cases are dropping, we were told that we could be honest about what happened, as analysts advised us that the public will be too busy getting their lives back together to demand serious retribution without distraction. Rest assured, our leaders in government and business will extract big concessions behind the scenes to help make up for the price you all paid, and you can keep buying cheap products made with slave Uyghur and child labor.”

How gracious of our lords and masters to allow the peons to actually discuss the possibility that a worldwide pandemic that originated in Wuhan prov. of China might possibly, maybe, just could, has a chance of, originating at the bio-war lab in the same city.

healthguyfsu | May 27, 2021 at 12:16 pm

Facts, by their nature, are irreversible. The left has a problem with calling non-facts facts.

It takes an impressive level of evil manipulation to insist that people avoid blaming the person or people who caused their loved one’s death. At a minimum, China was grossly negligent.

But we are told that we should not call it the China virus because it might, might, hurt THEIR feelings.

My mother died of Covid. I have friends who’s family lost loved ones.

F*ck China’s Feelings – and any anyone who think Chinese CCP’s role should be covered up or sugar-coated. This goes beyond politics.

The FB ban, based on nothing, served its purpose to help prevent the re-election of President Trump.

Subotai Bahadur | May 27, 2021 at 5:45 pm

Wait for it. Soon there will be an absolute denial that there was every any Facebook ban on mentioning where COVID came from.

Subotai Bahadur

Now that we know Facebook is acting as an agent of the US government, responsible to police the Facebook messaging system for compliance with government standards, they should be renamed and made a division of the Government Services Administration (GSA).

All employees will be subject to the GS-1 to GS-15 pay scale, starting out at GS-1 step 1, which pays $19,543 per year for the position “Telecommunications Processor”. The GSA job description reads in part:

“This occupation includes one grade interval work that involves performing or supervising the operation of equipment in transmitting, receiving, and relaying messages. The work requires knowledge of message-handling procedures and use of computer hardware and software or other equipment to send messages to their proper destinations.”