During the COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook’s parent company, Meta, may have taken down posts related to the “man-made theory” of COVID-19 after pressure from the Biden administration, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The Wall Street Journal reported that its review of internal Facebook emails obtained by the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee revealed this.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global policy, emailed colleagues in July 2021 and asked, “Can anyone give me a quick update on why we’re removing claims that COVID-19 is man-made, without demoting or warning,” the Journal said.
“We’re under pressure from the administration and others to do more,” the then-VP of content policy responded, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal noted that these conversations were taking place internally more than three months after Facebook said it would no longer control posts that suggested, for example, that COVID-19 originated in a lab in China.
“These documents reveal that social media companies, including Facebook, have been pressured by the federal government, particularly the Biden White House, 먹튀검증 to change their content moderation policies and eliminate free speech,” said U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment on the Wall Street Journal’s report.