Facebook ends ban on posts claiming COVID-19 is man-made

You are now free to speak about what the Facebook overlords previously considered a “debunked” idea on the social network cum global cancer, Facebook. Yes, the ad-tracking behemoth has, with egg on its collective, uh, face, ended its ban on posts that say COVID-19 is potentially man-made.

Thomas Barrabi for FOXBusiness:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
The announcement marked a reversal for the social media giant. In February, Facebook said it would remove posts claiming the virus was man-made or manufactured “following consultations with leading health organizations, including the World Health Organization” who had “debunked” the claim.

“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,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “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.”

Public calls for further investigation into the pandemic’s origins intensified in recent days after the Wall Street Journal reported that three researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology displayed symptoms severe enough to seek hospital treatment. A previous State Department fact sheet noted the researchers had “symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness.”

Facebook and other social media platforms have faced pressure from both sides of the aisle regarding their COVID-19 content policies. Democratic lawmakers have pressed platforms to crack down on the spread of misinformation, while Republicans have accused the companies of stifling open debate, including discussions on the lab leak theory.

Oh, by the way:

Jim Geraghty for National Review:

There is a clear and verified sequence of events that strongly suggests that this pandemic, which has caused more than 168 million cases and more than 3.4 million deaths worldwide, may well have originated from viruses carried in bats in an abandoned mine that then passed through a Chinese research facility before spreading out of control among the people of Wuhan…

Perhaps the least plausible argument in opposition to the lab-leak theory is that the staff of the Wuhan Institute of Virology or other Chinese facilities are just too diligent to ever make a consequential mistake. The original SARS virus had accidentally leaked from the Chinese Institute of Virology in Beijing, part of China’s Center for Disease Control. Twice.

The State Department memo also noted that the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s research into the viruses in bats in Yunnan Province was funded, at least in a small part, by U.S. taxpayers:

Over a five-year study, [redacted] and their research team widely sampled bats in Yunnan province with funding support from NIAID/NIH, USAID, and several Chinese funding agencies… it demonstrated that SARS-like coronaviruses isolated from horseshoe bat in a single cave contain all the building blocks of the pandemic SARS-coronavirus genome that caused the human outbreak. These results strongly suggest that the highly pathogenic SARS-coronaviruses originated in this bat population.

If the onset of symptoms in the first diagnosed patient was December 1, the infection probably occurred sometime in November. One of the oddest reports in the past year arrived in May 2020, when NBC News reported, “Private analysis of cellphone location data purports to show that a high-security Wuhan laboratory studying coronaviruses shut down in October, three sources briefed on the matter told NBC News.” It continued, “The report — obtained by the London-based NBC News Verification Unit — says there was no cellphone activity in a high-security portion of the Wuhan Institute of Virology from Oct. 7 through Oct. 24, 2019, and that there may have been a ‘hazardous event’ sometime between Oct. 6 and Oct. 11.”

Since that report, there has been no subsequent elaboration, no further details, no ensuing leaks of new information of what, if anything, happened in that laboratory building in that autumn.

MacDailyNews Take: Facebook is a bucket of slime run by slime buckets.

62 Comments

  1. Delete Facebook.

    1. For literally any other American president before, being handed a crisis in the middle of the job would have HELPED their poll numbers and their re-election efforts. It took the special ingredient of Trump to turn this crisis into a disaster.

      1. Actually you are perfectly wrong. You mean, very generally “war,” not “crisis.” Look at Carter and the Iranian Hostage Crisis.

        Also, the fact is that McCain was actually nicely ahead of Obama until the depths of the 2008 financial crisis hit (even though the root cause of the collapse was sown by the Clinton admin).

        McCain paid the price since a Republican was in the oval office at the time. He got no “benefit,” just lost his lead in the last month of the campaign and the country went into the stagnant, clueless Obama malaise for eight wasted years.

        1. No, I meant crisis as in high-stakes moments when the visible actions of a leader translate into measurable outcomes. Note that this is the opposite of talking about optics and sides. McCain wasn’t even in power, so I don’t know why you’d bring him up.

          Iranian Hostage Crisis was really a checkmate by a foreign adversary seeking maximum political damage and had no military solution. Kudos to Carter for taking one and not risking lives to no avail. A lesser leader would have dropped bombs knowing the hostages would be killed for it.

          Does the pandemic resemble a checkmate no-win scenario in that way? Of course not. This was an easy problem with well understood solutions: messaging. What did everybody believe Trump’s biggest gift was? Messaging. A better crisis couldn’t have fallen into his lap.

          No amount of deflecting, airbrushing and spin doctoring will change facts on the ground. The lever he needed to press but didn’t was messaging so people had the imperative to follow guidelines. The outcomes of his feeble impotence are measurable and so was the result.

      2. And that “Special Ingredient” was the corporate media, and social media putting out story after story negative on Trump and positive on Biden as well as burying negative Biden stories and LYING and saying that the China virus being man made was DEBUNKED when it was not.

        1. Right on target. We’ve all been part of the biggest corporate mainstream media and social media scam ever conceived. It scares the shit out of me that it was allowed to happen.

          1. If scams bother you, tell all your friends to stop repeating the baseless lies about the election. Compared to 2016, 2020 was a much cleaner operation with enormously less anti-constitutional interference. If you think otherwise, prove it to at least one neutral and impartial judge anywhere in the United States. If you cannot prove it, stop trying to undermine our republic with unprovable rumors.

            1. Stop the deflection A-Hole!

              The topic is Covid irresponsible reporting in Big Media as Pirate stated, “We’ve all been part of the biggest corporate mainstream media and social media scam ever conceived. It scares the shit out of me that it was allowed to happen.”

              Yes, it scares the “shit out of” anyone honest, but not you TxDeflector. In your book it is a tool that conveniently accomplished your goal of unfairly and irresponsibility tar and feathering President Trump to deny him reelection.

              You have no problem with the Corporate media lying scam of epic proportions or you would have said so. You only added to it day after day proven false. I have to laugh and spare us claiming owning the sanctimonious high ground.

              The only thing you own through all this is parroting Big Media LIES for your selfish political goals.

              We are not stupid as you think and arrogantly disrespect us and the truth…

            2. No, the topic is media scams. The origin of the virus is a serious issue, but the facts are still in dispute and the implications are unclear. The facts of the Big Lie are entirely undisputed by people who are interested only in facts, not rumors, and the possible implication is the end of the American experiment in elected government. That qualifies it as a much bigger media scam.

      3. He did an infinitely better job than my Prime Minister Trudeau who squandered and fumbled and close down government instead of getting vaccines into our arms. Trump did a much better job than most other leaders in the free world. Warp speed. I didn’t like the guy at all but I see that.

    1. One in the list of many things denied by the information deniers. There’s been A LOT of such examples in the last year+. Hello Tedious?

  2. Neo-cons and true conservatives have never been further apart.
    Imagine a real Reagan party, believing in smaller government, low taxes for everybody, and believing in science and God!
    More than half voters of each side, would vote for such a party!

  3. TDS – because President Trump said it, it must be denied and denigrated at all cost.

    The MainStream Media and Tech Oligarchs can’t allow anyone in the public to know that Trump was correct. That would debunk their narrative.

    But by doing this for their own political purposes they allowed millions to die.

    The sad part is if they actually spent time to investigate and publicize the truth they could have won a Pulitzer.

    IMHO

    1. Okay. Right after your friends who coordinated their treasonous attack on Congress using Facebook are jailed.

      If you’re gonna cast blame on the manufacturer of a tool used for ill intentions, you must also prosecute the tool users.

      Oh look, right here on the mdn website, next to all the google ads, what have we here? A link to fb.

      turns out conservitards spread misinfo and russian propaganda on fb just like every other political faction. Where do you think your factfree alt right parrot friends would go if zukfuk didn’t provide a gossip room for ya?

      1. It’s fun watching libturd heads explode when confronted with facts. Fucking idiots lolololololol

        Goeb, go back to third grade and learn to spell and form proper sentences you stupid fuck

        1. Don’t worry Hell, sorry…Hal…. you’ll feel much better after you’ve taken your meds.
          Though conservaturds like you never really have any hope of a full recovery.

        2. Hal, not the real GoeB the comment was by a serial imposter that lowlife scum brown clown from San Diego shows up from time to time. Just wanted you to know.

          That said, agree with everything you posted nailing the imposter to the wall…

            1. Once again I have to correct you for spreading LIES and falsehoods. You have no idea what I would do, as usual projecting your woke Leftist politics on other people…

  4. Republicans are desperate to find anyone to take the blame off of Trumps pathetic mishandling of the COVID virus that inflicted the USA with 25% of the deaths despite having only 4% of the world population.
    I agree that the virus origin should continue to be investigated, but jumping the gun to claim they know the answer is deliberate misinformation.

    1. Just the fact, let’s start with one simple, single point to prove your stupidity

      When Trump wanted to close the country to income travel, all you turds complained. Then you turds complained that he didn’t close the country to incoming travel.

      You are too fscking stupid to know how fscking stupid you are

      1. Dd, if you are referring to Hal’s comment, it wasn’t fact… mean ole or otherwise.

        Trump did not get out front bravely with a China travel ban, as mythology claims. The US was almost the last Western country to do it, and most US airlines had already cancelled their China flights on their own initiative before their government acted. By that point, a ban targeting only China was pointless, since the virus had spread much more widely. Genetic analysis suggests that most virus linages in the US came in from Europe, not Asia. About all that restricting travel did was prevent medical personnel from getting where they needed to be. Quarantining travelers would have been much more effective than stopping them.

        The “ban” was a screen door for a submarine, since it did not apply to US residents or their families. That is understandable, but the tens of thousands of people who were admitted from China after the belated ban were not subject to supervised quarantine or regular testing. They were just crowded into domestic flights and air terminals on their way home and then left to circulate freely among the general population when they might have been infectious. The same was true of Trump’s later “European travel ban,” which only applied to some countries and not others with equal case numbers, and had the same exceptions and lack of enforceable follow-up as the China ban.

        Yes, some Americans who do not worship at the Trump altar complained about all of the foregoing. That does not make them stupid. What is stupid is giving Trump personal credit for anything related to coronavirus other than catching it. His constant minimizing of the threat encouraged folks to ignore common-sense public health advice like masks and distancing. The first vaccine into people’s arms was from Pfizer, which made a conscious choice not to accept Project Warp Speed funding.

        1. Thataboy! Keep those revisions coming!

          Pretty sure I’m not the only one here who remembers your remarks about it being racist to ban Chinese flights.

          What a paid piece of shit you are.

          1. You might not be the only one to remember those remarks, but I certainly don’t. If you can actually point out where and when I said that, I will concede the point, but I doubt you can find them.

            I might have remarked that it was racist to continue to exclusively blame Chinese and Asian people more generally for spreading the virus after it had spread outside China. By that point, its origin and spread within China was chiefly of academic interest, like the “Spanish Flu” actually coming from Kansas. I might also have said that it was racist to block only non-Americans on flights from Asia when cases were coming in with Americans on those flights as well as on flights from elsewhere. We can see the fruits of that blame game in the recent attacks on Asian-Americans.

            1. The MDN archives don’t go back all the way to the time that the travel ban went into effect. I did find this comment I made on March 6, 2020, when liberals were accused then of having blamed Trump for racism in connection with the travel ban:

              “Nobody complained because President Trump banned foreign travel from the affected region. They complained because he banned anybody who had set foot in China, even if they had just transferred through an airport in an unaffected part of the country. That was contrary to advice from the WHO and CDC. A more targeted quarantine would have been equally effective and much less disruptive.”

              At that point, the US had 19 deaths and 420 cases.

              I did find this one on February 25, 2020:

              “China has already made changes in the last few decades after absorbing Hong Kong. I’m sure not saying they are going democratic (in the REAL sense….) but that people are more informed now and fed up with totalitarianism.”

              But that was TowerTone and not me.

              It is fascinating to read the debates we were having in February and March 2020. Nearly everybody was up in arms because I was a Chicken Little claiming that America could have up to 50,000 deaths if we didn’t take the virus seriously. Too many Americans did not take it seriously and the death toll is now almost twelve times that high.

            1. Please stop calling me a liar unless you can present even a scintilla of evidence that I have lied on a matter of fact. I have a right to hold opinions that differ from you. You have a right to hold opinions different from mine.

              You do not have the right to accuse me of factual errors without evidence that I ever said the things you are accusing me of.

            2. You are a serial pathological well know TxLIAR! The lies and half truths you post speak for themselves and everyone knows it except you. No need to waste my time diving into the Leftist semantic weeds with a POS like you. When I post facts to nail your sorry ass to the wall in the past, you don’t challenge anything. Instead, you DEFLECT, DEFLECT, DEFLECT and more DEFLECTION. Run away now, sonny…

        2. TX, you have proven over and over again that you are just a libturd.

          There is no greater proof of your stupid than your support of dementia Joe and the Ho.

          Your words have no value.

          1. Hey txloser, you must be so proud of your HO vp’s tweet today totally ignoring the sacrifice of our vets. Feeling your stupidity yet? Americans sure do.

            Thanks all libturds!!! You are too fucking stupid to see the damage you have done

            1. Harris Memorial Day tweet in 2019: “ My message on this Memorial Day: we must always remember those who gave their lives for our country, and never forget their sacrifice.”

              Harris Memorial Day tweet in 2020: “ Today we honor the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and our freedom. While our Memorial Day commemorations may be different today than in years past, we must never forget their devotion to putting country over self.”

              Harris speech at Naval Academy two days ago: “We must defend our nation against these threats. … And you will be the ones to do it. You will be the ones to do it because the United States military is the best, the bravest, and the most brilliant. And just think, from walkie talkies, to the Internet, to satellite navigation, the United States military that has been on the forefront of research, development and technological advancement. That is a point of American pride. And as I look out at all of you, I know you will build on that leadership.”

              Harris Memorial Day weet in 2021: We don’t know because IT ISN’T MEMORIAL DAY YET.

            2. It is truly scary to think how broken the justice system is to allow someone like Txuser to practice law.

              I shutter to think of the number of criminals on the street and the innocents in jail because of him

            3. Txuser, Americans don’t “enjoy the long weekend” We honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect your right to say incredibly stupid things. You should be ashamed of yourself. We certainly are.

            4. So, you guys are telling me that if Donald Trump tweeted BEFORE the long weekend, “Please enjoy the end of the lockdowns by spending these three days with your family,” and then tweeted a Memorial Day tribute to our fallen ON Memorial Day itself, that you wouldn’t praise him for being able to hold two ideas in his head at once?

              Oh, yeah. He’s a Republican. And male. And white, so the same rules don’t apply to him as to the Vice President.

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