On Wednesday, Facebook made an announcement that signals a major shift in priorities. Before, there was no way to post on Facebook about the Wuhan lab leaks without getting your posts flagged. The site was working overtime to make sure that their Chinese masters were appeased.
Now that the “conspiracy theory” has started to gain far more credibility, people are starting to change their tune on the matter. “We will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made or manufactured from our apps,” the site says. Why is Facebook even in a position to be making these types of calls in the midst of a pandemic, though?
This is what no one seems to be questioning. Yeah, it is all well and good that Facebook has finally decided to place themselves on the right side of the conversation but no one needs to be throwing them a party over it. “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,” said Facebook yesterday.
So, basically, they took the time to actually research this and now they want to play nice. It’s interesting how that works. People were trying to share the very same information months ago but that was not allowed. “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,” they continued.
They are leaving the window open to start censoring people as needed, which is our big takeaway here. Guys, we are on your side this week but who knows what next week will hold! That’s Facebook for you. We wonder what Twitter is going to be doing about this recent shift as well but you can always count on Jack to shut things down as needed.
Our good friends over at The Gateway Pundit deserve a massive apology from Facebook in the wake of their sudden about-face on this topic. The attacks, the flagging and the shadow banning that took place is tough to square with their current mindset. Any site that was attacked in this manner on Facebook should be given some form of restitution.
We are done giving people a cookie for being right about this now. The Gateway Pundit and other conservative sources were ahead of the mainstream media reporting on this topic for quite some time. Why should any of these other sources get to be considered top-of-the-line, unbiased reporting when they let their biases leak into their viewpoints all year?
There were various reports coming out of China that supported the headlines that were circulating. No one was pulling this information out of thin air. It was right there, waiting to be acknowledged by the mainstream media. If people weren’t willing to listen to those who worked with the Wuhan Institute of Virology who had contracted the coronavirus, what’s the sense in taking them seriously now?
It’s too little, too late. Of course, Dr. Fauci is at the head of the conversation. The same doctor who wanted to shut down all talks of Chinese interference as a means of spiting Donald Trump now wants to pretend that he cares about all points of view. It’s funny to watch the switch up but that does not mean that we have to tolerate it.
Facebook has gobbled up more power than any entity on social media should have. There is no reason that they should be rivaling our government when it comes to controlling the spread of valuable information. Social media can be a great tool if it used properly but these charlatans are committed to being on the wrong side of the conversation. There’s no brownie points to be had from getting on the right side this long after the fact.