Facebook will no longer delete messages stating that humans developed the coronavirus. A spokesperson for the company has informed news site Politico.
The decision follows the renewed discussion about the origin of the virus.
Facebook has not allowed posts since February stating that humans developed the virus. Recently, however, doubts have arisen about this ‘misleading claim’, after The Wall Street Journal reported based on American intelligence that employees of the laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan – where the outbreak started – had already in 2019 had complaints that belong to the virus.
The laboratory denies that employees fell ill at the time due to a possible outbreak of the coronavirus. A World Health Organization (WHO) study previously found that the virus probably didn’t come from a laboratory but animals. There was a lot of criticism of that investigation because China would not have given enough disclosure.
On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden said that he had instructed the intelligence services to make extra efforts to find out the origin of the virus and issue a new report within 90 days. According to the president, there is also a disagreement within the services as to which theory about the virus’s origin is the most likely.