The following article, Facebook Embarrassed by Premature Censorship of Alleged ‘Conspiracy Theory’, was first published on Flag And Cross.
There is a reason that the First Amendment is so thoroughly absolute, and it’s simple: Only an open and free dialogue can discover the undeniable truth. Any form of censorship is a hinderance to the idea that there is some intrinsic and honest reality out there that we should be basing our existence on.
So, when Facebook and Twitter and other social media platforms hijack the world’s stream of consciousness and then begin diverting the headwaters of free-thinking into advertising demographics, it becomes an impediment to making the world a better place.
This week, that reality came back to haunt Facebook, after their prolonged censorship of a so-called “conspiracy theory” was declared to be inappropriate.
Facebook announced Wednesday it will no longer remove claims addressing the possible origins of the coronavirus and whether it is man-made or manufactured.
The policy change came on the same day President Joe Biden ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to “redouble their efforts” to investigate the origin of the virus, despite ending a State Department investigation under former President Donald Trump seeking the same goal, as Breitbart News reported.
Facebook released a memo detailing its new stance, pointing to “ongoing investigations” as reason for its change of heart while adding the proviso other restrictions remain.
Of course, if the Facebook approach of using censorship to curb controversy was adhered to in other aspects of our lives, perhaps we would never have been allowed to discover that China’s natural outbreak story was a bunch of malarky.
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