Why Facebook says it's now OK to declare coronavirus was man-made in a Chinese lab

The social media giant argues it no longer amounts to misinformation

Facebook seems to have become the planet's arbiter of acceptable public debate.


So it says something that it has recently announced that it will no longer remove from its platforms any claims that SARS-CoV-2 was man-made in a lab.

Scientists in general remain sceptical given the complexity of manufacturing a virus in a laboratory with such marked imprints of zoonotic transfer. But Facebook believes making the claim no longer amounts to misinformation.

Why — have any new facts emerged?

The decision by the social media giant was made after the US President Joe Biden asked