The woke social-media platform became the latest domino to fall amid a growing acceptance that last year’s COVID-19 pandemic likely originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Facebook quietly revised its policies this week to permit stories and posts about the presumed lab leak, following a series of recent admissions from COVID czar Anthony Fauci and other apparent authorities on the matter.
“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 company spokesperson wrote in an email to Politico on Wednesday.
“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,” the statement continued.
Twitter likewise announced that it intended to revisit its policies and to “work in close consultation with global public health authorities.”
Conservative journalists have faithfully reported on damning facts about the Wuhan lab, only to be shadow-banned or booted entirely from the monopolistic platforms.
While Big Tech companies already had been deploying phony “fact-checks” and other censorship measures prior to the Nov. 3 election, Silicon Valley oligarchs actively and overtly began to target red-state perspectives following the Jan. 6 US Capitol uprising.
In February, Facebook used the pro-Trump revolt as its unspoken pretense for blacklisting skeptics of the widely disseminated “wet-market” narrative—a Chinese propagandist cover-story about COVID’s organic origin—by claiming that intellectual inquiries into alternative theories violated the company’s so-called community standards.
But the script changed following Fauci’s May 11 Senate testimony, in which he admitted that he did not know whether Chinese researchers might have been conducting controversial “gain of function” experiments at the secretive lab, either for benign reasons or in pursuit of biological weapons.
Fauci further conceded this week that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases had helped fund “collaborations” with Wuhan researchers, including experiments related to the transmission of coronaviruses from bats to humans.
As conservatives in Congress clamor for accountability, several media outlets have published stories offering new details to support the large body of evidence surrounding the likelihood of a lab leak.
Yet, if China did, in fact, unleash a biological weapon on the world—whether by accident or intentionally to influence the global economy and 2020 US election—then the psychological warfare waged by Silicon Valley was its coup de grace.
The crackdown on dissenting COVID theories and opinions, many of which remain banned, is but one of several instances in which the evidentiary record has run counter to claims promoted by left-wing cyber-publishers.
Other verboten topics include questions about the Capitol uprising and vote fraud in the 2020 election, criticism of domestic-terror groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter, and reporting on scandals surrounding Hunter Biden‘s abandoned laptop.
Because Fauci and the Biden administration have called for any investigation into the Wuhan leak to be led by the corrupt, China-beholden World Health Organization, Facebook’s present slackening of the reins may be yet another subterfuge to manipulate public sentiment into accepting a false narrative.
Republicans have increasingly called for Fauci to be fired, noting that he, too, may have a vested interest in promoting disinformation about the source of the pandemic.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a medical doctor and frequent Fauci nemesis, said Wednesday that the NIAID director and leftist folk-hero—who also happens to be the highest paid person in the federal government—had little motive to seek transparency since records would, at best, reveal his strong support for the Wuhan lab’s research.
“The bottom line, he cannot investigate himself,” Paul said in a Fox News interview. “… He has every incentive to cover it up and not reveal the truth about it, because if the pandemic did come from the lab, he would have great culpability in this.”
— MRCTV (@mrctv) May 26, 2021