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Covid-19 virus created in lab? Yes, now you can say this on Facebook, your post will not be tagged fake

Facebook has tweaked its policies following an order from US President Joe Biden to investigate the origin of the virus.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | May 27, 2021 | Updated 13:34 IST

Highlights

  • Facebook will not remove posts claiming that COVID-19 was man-made or manufactured in a lab.
  • Facebook made changes in its policies after the US government announced a fuller investigation into the origins of COVID-19
  • A report stated that three scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalised with COVID-19 like symptoms in 2019.

Facebook will not remove posts claiming that COVID-19 was man-made or manufactured in a lab. This piece of information was being considered a conspiracy theory till sometime back and Facebook had also mentioned in its policies that it will restrict the limit of any COVID-related misinformation. However, Facebook has now tweaked its policies following an order from US President Joe Biden to investigate the origin of the virus.

As per Politico, Facebook will neither restrict the reach of the post claiming that coronavirus was made in a lab nor restrict its limit. "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," a company spokesperson had told The Politco.

The policies have been renewed and the theory that coronavirus was created in a lab is no longer fake news or conspiracy theory. Facebook made changes in its policies after the US government announced a fuller investigation into the origins of COVID-19. The investigation was ordered after an explosive report by Wall Street Journal stated that three scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalised with COVID-19 like symptoms in 2019.

Covid-19 coronavirus created in lab theory

Ever since the world has been ravaged by the coronavirus, countless conspiracy theories have made their way to the internet. Some have blamed Microsoft CEO Bill Gates for being the brainchild behind the virus while some of have blamed the installation of 5G towers. However, the most common theory which has surfaced time and again is that the coronavirus was manufactured by the scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

About two weeks ago, new findings by the US State Department revealed that the Chinese military scientists had investigated weaponising coronavirus in 2015. The report also mentioned that China has been preparing to fight World War 3 with biological weapons.

However, this is not the most startling piece of information that renewed the investigation. It was a report by Wall Street Journal that noted that the scientists of Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalised "with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness." One of the sources informed the publication that the information they received was of exquisite quality and very precise. The information did not reveal why the researchers got sick.

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that he had asked Intelligence Community to investigate the origin of the coronavirus. "I have asked the Intelligence Community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion and report back to me in 90 days. As part of that report, I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China. I have also asked that this effort include work by our National Labs and other agencies of our government to augment the Intelligence Community's efforts. And I have asked the Intelligence Community to keep Congress fully apprised of its work."

"The United States will also keep working with like-minded partners around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence," he added.


What scientist Anthony Fauci said about Wuhan lab leak theory

US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci had said that he was not convinced with the theory that the virus "developed naturally." He had asked the authorities to continue investigating what went on in China.

"Certainly, the people who investigated it say it likely was the emergence from an animal reservoir that then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we need to find that out. So, you know, that's the reason why I said I'm perfectly in favour of any investigation that looks into the origin of the virus," he added.

Fauci's statement did not go down well with the Chinese state media. The editor-in-chief of the Global Times accused Fauci of hyping "the old and groundless narrative". He also said that American experts like Fauci are no match to Chinese experts.

Interestingly, Fauci had dismissed the lab leak theory in May 2020. He had said that the scientific evidence does not hint towards the virus being a manipulated or artificially created one.

WHO chief Tedros on lab leak theory

World Health Organisation director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said that the lab leak theory is "least likely" but still needed "further investigation."

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