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After over a year of censoring anybody, including scientists, who dared to question the official narrative surrounding the origin of the coronavirus, Facebook is finally relenting now that the mainstream establishment is also questioning its origin.
“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 said in an emailed statement to 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 added.
This abrupt about-face comes as the entire establishment, from top officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci to mainstream media outlets, have gone from maligning concerns about the virus’s origin as “conspiracy theories” to accepting them as potentially credible.
It also comes amid President Joe Biden announcing Wednesday that he’s asked intelligence officials to investigate the origin of the coronavirus and “report back to me in 90 days.”
“I have now asked the Intel Community to redouble their efforts to collect& analyse information… report back to me in 90 days,” pic.twitter.com/WPM9xaKYNn
— Geeta Mohan گیتا موہن गीता मोहन (@Geeta_Mohan) May 27, 2021
Politico described this establishment-wide about-face as a “renewed debate,” though as noted by a slew of critics, this “renewed debate” raged for months and months and months before the establishment finally decided to indulge it.
Or rather, dissenters tried to debate this matter for months upon months but were suppressed at every step by establishment players like Facebook.
“Renewed debate”. What the hell is that? They mean no longer suppressed. pic.twitter.com/cJhcCHvK58
— Biden’s Fortified Naptime (@mgEyesOpen) May 26, 2021
Scoop: “Facebook will no longer suppress the truth.”
— Andrea E (@AAC0519) May 26, 2021
Exactly. But the expert virologists at Facebook decided to censor any mention of the entirety plausible lab leak theory for 15 months because orange man bad, or something.
— Floyd Lawson (@FloydLawson78) May 26, 2021
Thanks to our Ministries of Truth who now are willing to acknowledge that many have known/suspected for the past year is, at least, possible. Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia.
— Mike (@VeritasPerpetuo) May 27, 2021
Proof they and other social media should not remove anything. How do they know what is true or not? This is proof that even the experts can and are wrong.
— Sweater (@NSDSweat) May 26, 2021
Who appointed Facebook the arbiter of what is factual or not? This is the type of behavior that suggests they cannot be trusted, & as such, may well need to be subjected to new licensing conditions and rules. Most of what they’ve tried to regulate the last 2 years has been WRONG.
— Vaughn Stevens (@OuterMutant) May 27, 2021
While this is a positive development insofar as “debates” about the coronavirus’s origin are now permitted, the problem is that the underlying issue of censorship based on popular sentiment — i.e., whatever the establishment says — still remains.
Case in point: On the same day that Facebook announced its decision to stop censoring discussions about the coronavirus’s origin, it also announced that it intends to double and triple down on its so-called “misinformation” policy.
“Facebook said on Wednesday it would take ‘stronger’ action against people who repeatedly share misinformation on the platform. Facebook will reduce the distribution of all posts in its news feed from a user account if it frequently shares content that has been flagged as false by one of the company’s fact-checking partners,” Reuters confirmed.
It’s as if Facebook learned nothing.
And those fact-checkers will be the same ones who labeled any discussion of the Wuhan lab leak misinformation over the last year. The game is rigged. Buts it’s fine because David French says it’s fine. https://t.co/SljJx4K7CE
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) May 26, 2021
These “fact-checking partners” are the same entities responsible for censoring anybody, including scientists, who broached the idea that the coronavirus may have originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
“Facebook is warning users that articles describing evidence for the theory are ‘Missing Context’ and is steering them to a 2020 fact-check saying there is little evidence for a non-natural origin of the virus,” the Washington Free Beacon reported just two weeks ago.
“The fact-check, which is riddled with grammatical errors, quotes two academic articles and five scientists on Twitter who believe the theory is false,” according to the Beacon.
Only two weeks later, it’s clear the so-called “fact-check” is false, though it’s by no means the only false “fact-check” that’s been used to suppress scientific debate.
As early as February of 2020, Facebook “fact-checked” a New York Post piece by Population Research Institute president Steven Mosher, a scientist, questioning the origin of the coronavirus.
Incidentally, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee just released a report last week that “appears to refute” the so-called “fact-checkers” who’d “halted dissemination” of the piece, according to Fox Business Network.
Yet Facebook intends to keep using these same habitually false “fact-checks” to censor people, suggesting again that its “fact-checking” isn’t based on actual facts but rather on what the establishment says and thinks — which, it just so happens, is oftentimes 100 percent false.
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