Facebook will no longer delete messages on the social medium stating that the coronavirus has been developed by humans. A spokesman for the company has told the news site Politico. The decision follows the renewed debate on the origin of the virus.
“ In the 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 was man-made from our apps,” said the sayman. “We continue to work with health experts to keep up with the changing nature of the pandemic and regularly update our policies as new facts and trends emerge.”
Since February, Facebook did not allow messages stating that the virus was developed by humans. But recently, doubts have arisen again about that ‘misleading assertion’, after The Wall Street Journal, based on American intelligence, reported that employees of the laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan – where the outbreak began – had complaints related to the virus as early as 2019.
The laboratory denies that employees became ill at the time as a result of a possible outbreak of the coronavirus. A study carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that the virus is probably not from a laboratory, but from animals. There was much criticism of this investigation because China would not have given enough openness.
US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he ordered the intelligence services to make extra efforts to find out the origin of the virus and to produce a new report within 90 days. Also within the services, according to the President, there is currently a disagreement which theory of the origin of the virus is most likely.