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After months of banning content that suggested that the coronavirus was made in a lab, or introduced as a bio-weapon, Facebook on Wednesday lifted its ban on content claiming about the origins of COVID-19. 

The clampdown on ‘misinformation’ was reversed, with media outlets reporting the shift in policy for various reasons. As reported ‘The Hill’ Facebook’s spokesperson said, “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.”

Source: Science News For Students (NIAID-RML)

Representatives also suggested, “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.”

Recently, the theory that coronavirus escaped from a laboratory gained some traction in Washington, which may have contributed to this takeback. Recently President Joe Biden also announced a ramped-up effort to confirm how the virus originated.  “As part of that report, I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China,” Biden said in a statement.

The FDA also said that circumstantial evidence of Covid-19 originating in a lab in China’s Wuhan continues to grow as researchers are yet to prove that the virus jumped from an animal to humans.

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