According to internal business messages released to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook removed COVID-19-related content under duress from the White House, including those asserting the virus was artificially created. In a July 2021 email to coworkers, Nick Clegg, the company’s head of worldwide affairs, stated, “Can someone quickly remind me why we were removing—rrather than demoting or labeling —claims that COVID is man-made?
In response, a Facebook vice president in charge of content policy reportedly said, “We were under pressure from the administration and others to do more,” making reference to the Biden administration.
The VP said, “We shouldn’t have done it. Approximately three months after Facebook lifted its ban on posts claiming COVID-19 was artificially created, the emails were exchanged in August 2021.
The change of heart came more than a year after the social media juggernaut prohibited a thoughtful Post editorial piece by China researcher Steven Mosher that made assumptions about a possible lab leak.
Mosher’s account still hasn’t been restored more than a year later.
Another email obtained by The Journal was sent out the month before, following Biden’s claim that social media sites like Facebook were “killing people” by permitting the spread of alleged “misinformation” unchecked.