The social networking site made the move on Wednesday after President Joe Biden said his intelligence community was reviewing the origins of the virus.
Biden’s move comes as the so-called Wuhan lab leak hypothesis, that the virus was created in the Wuhan Institute of Virology before somehow escaping, burst back into the mainstream.
Until yesterday, Facebook had branded content about the virus being man-made and escaping from a lab as “misinformation” or debunked claims that called for “aggressive action” from the platform’s moderators.
“The arrogance of Facebook to decide where and how precisely covid originated, and who should be able to talk about it, is stunning. But sadly typical,” Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican and staunch critic of Big Tech, said on Twitter.
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