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Facebook: We will not remove posts that COVID-19 was manmade or manufactured

Christian Fernsby |
Facebook says it will no longer remove claims from its apps that COVID-19 is manmade or manufactured “in light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts”.

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The move comes amid increasing pressure worldwide to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, including the possibility that it came from a lab. Since the pandemic began, Facebook has been changing what it allows on the topic and what it bans. In February, it announced a host of new claims it would be prohibiting – including that COVID-19 was created in a Chinese lab. Other claims it added at the time included the false notion that vaccines are not effective or that they are toxic.

Facebook’s reversal comes as United States President Joe Biden ordered US intelligence officials to “redouble” their efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including any possibility the trail might lead to a Chinese laboratory.

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