In a stunning about face, Facebook higher ups admitted that their yearlong censorship of posts mentioning that there might be a connection between the Wuhan virology Lab in China and the Coronavirus, was wrong. It came as no surprise to those on the Right who have for the past year been saying that Chinese claims that the Coronavirus came from a wet market in Wuhan province was utter nonsense, but rather the pandemic, which has killed to date is 3.5M souls came from a high level super secret virological lab located some 10 miles away from the epic center of the outbreak.
Reports from the Wall Street Journal
Facebook Inc. has ended its ban on posts asserting Covid-19 was man-made or manufactured, a policy shift that reflects a deepening debate over the origins of the pandemic that was first identified in Wuhan, China, almost 18 months ago.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that three researchers from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick enough in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, according to a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report.
“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 or manufactured from our apps,” Facebook said in a statement on its website Wednesday.
President Biden on Wednesday ordered U.S. intelligence to dig deeper into the origins of Covid-19, a reversal after he reportedly ordered a State Department investigative unit shut down. Mr. Biden is trying to cover for his embarrassing closure of the investigation because the dam has finally broken on the evidence that the virus may have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). The shame is that it took so long because the suspicious facts have been apparent from the start.
According to the Wall Street Journal. In January 2020, international media began reporting about a virus spreading in the Chinese city of Wuhan. “The coronavirus could result in a global pandemic,” said Sen. Tom Cotton on Jan. 30, 2020. “I would note that Wuhan has China’s only biosafety level-four super laboratory that works with the world’s most deadly pathogens to include, yes, coronavirus.”
The world would learn more about Covid-19—and the WIV. But it was always reasonable to ask if the virus came from a nearby lab that handled dangerous viruses. On Feb. 6, 2020, Botao Xiao of the South China University of Technology posted a paper concluding the virus “probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.” But the Chinese government strictly controls research into Covid-19’s origins, and the molecular biomechanics researcher withdrew his publication.
The Communist Party then went on offense, with Beijing’s ambassador to the U.S. declaring that lab-leak theories were “absolutely crazy” and could “fan up racial discrimination, xenophobia.” After Mr. Cotton responded by calling on China to “open up now to competent international scientists,” the media chose denial: “Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked” (Washington Post) and “Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins” ( New York Times ).
The public-health clerisy also set boundaries for allowable discussion. On Feb. 19, 2020, the Lancet published a statement by scientists condemning “conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.” Although some academics quietly dissented, the document was promoted as proof that the lab possibility was “debunked.”
The danger has always been that the media, with its awesome ability to disseminate information could also sway public opinion. In the case of Facebook not only was the tech behemoth able to silence dissent but it was also able to sway an election. People who sincerely believed in the theory that the virus came from manmade sources were dubbed luny. The vast majority of these were conservatives. Ultimately, the constant drone from the tech aligarchs was enough to discredit and then set the nation against their viewpoints.
So now that Facebook has agreed to stop putting disclaimers on posts of this kind what are thought-leaders on the Right supposed to do? The question isn’t what are thought-leaders supposed to do about Facebook. The question should be, what should the public do about Facebook.