Facebook has stated that it will no longer be removing posts that claim the origins of Covid-19 resulted from man-made circumstances.
This follows worldwide pressure to investigate the cause of the virus which includes the possibility of it being man-made.
Throughout the pandemic, Facebook has been changing what it allows people to post on its platform in regards to the virus after it stated in February that it would prohibit a number of claims which included the virus being manufacture in a lab.
In regards to Facebook’s reversal, a professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University ‘Lisa Fazio’ stated that fact-checking is complicated as experts agree and disagree over time with new evidence. She also added that it’s a reminder to be humble and that for some questions the best answer is “we don’t know yet” or “it’s possible but experts think it’s unlikely.”
The reversal also comes as US President Joe Biden has called for an investigation into the origins of Covid-19 including the possibility of it being man-made. The Biden administration has now joined the worldwide pressure to make China more open about the origins of the virus.