Facebook said it’s no longer removing from its platforms claims that coronavirus was man-made.
That announcement comes shortly after President Joe Biden announced he had directed the US intelligence community to redouble its efforts into the origin of Covid-19.
In a statement Facebook spokesperson said, “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.”
“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.
Biden announced Wednesday he has given the US officials 90 days to investigate the virus’ origins. The announcement came after a US intelligence report found several researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill in November 2019 and had to be hospitalized, reigniting the lab theory.
Facebook announced in February it would remove claims that the virus was man-made following “consultations with leading health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO).”
The social network has also been pulling posts that spread vaccine misinformation and other false claims that have been debunked by public health officials.