evoking the hypothesis of the birth of Covid-19 in the laboratory is now authorized by Facebook.

Posted on 05/31-2021 by Esther Buitekant

Messages will no longer be automatically deleted

For many months, the theory that the Covid-19 could have arisen as a result of a laboratory accident in Wuhan (China) was perceived as a fanciful thesis. On Facebook, the posts referring to it were even censored. But if Mark Zuckerberg’s social network continues its fight against ‘fake news’, the American group has decided that this hypothesis is no longer part of this false information to fight. ‘In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of Covid-19, and after consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove from our applications the allegation that COVID-19 is man-made’, a spokesperson for the company told the Politico website. Neither Twitter nor YouTube have yet made similar arrangements. “We continue to work with experts to monitor the evolving nature of the pandemic and regularly update our policies as new facts and trends emerge,” Facebook added.

Increasingly present doubt

This turnaround by the Facebook group, which also owns Instagram, comes as President Joe Biden last week called on intelligence services to redouble their efforts to understand how the virus was born, even demanding a full report within three months. . The reality of the two hypotheses, the animal origin or the laboratory accident, has in fact still not been decided by American intelligence. Despite a WHO investigation deeming the idea of ​​a leak in a Chinese laboratory “extremely unlikely”, concern remains among many countries across the globe.