Since when the pandemic has started, there’s only one question in everyone’s mind, from where did this Covid-19 (Coronavirus) has originated, is it made by Scientists (Man-Made) in a lab or transmitted by animals (Nature). And in February, related to this debate Facebook said that they will take down the claims made by the public that “Covid-19 is man-made.” But recently Facebook has renewed its policy, after Joe Biden President of the U.S calls for a new investigation regarding the origin of coronavirus, and said they will “no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made” from their apps.
Joe Biden’s Statement
On Wednesday, Joe Biden gives a statement in which he is stating that he ordered a new investigation team to find the origin of coronavirus whether has emerged from an infected animal or in a lab. This investigation team is stated to report within 90 days.
“I have now asked the Intelligence Community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion,” said Joe Biden in a statement.
Facebook says it will “no longer remove posts that claiming the Covid-19 is man-made”
Recently, The Wall Street Journal published a report stating that researchers of Wuhan Lab got sick from the virus in November 2019 and they have taken hospital care. Experts criticize the newspaper to publish this report on circumstantial evidence and speculation.
After few days of this report, Facebook said they will no longer remove posts that claiming the Covid-19 is man-made. They updated this in their blog post saying,
“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 or manufactured from our apps. 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.”
Hence allowing Facebook to change its misinformation rules again. A few days back, Facebook announced that if any user shares misinformation regularly then their posts will be suppressed and will show a pop-up warning to the user.
Until now there is conspiracy regarding the origin of coronavirus. Even the World Health Organization does not believe the lab leak theory as it is extremely unlikely. The WHO director-general Tedros Abhanom Ghebreyesus said that the report submitted by the team is not enough as the team faced difficulties in accessing valuable data from the WIV (Wuhan Institute of Virology).