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Facebook Bowed to White House Pressure, Removed Covid Posts

Posted on AllSides July 28th, 2023
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Politics, Facebook, White House, Coronavirus, Social Media Bias

Facebook removed content related to Covid-19 in response to pressure from the Biden administration, including posts claiming the virus was man-made, according to internal company communications viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The emails show Facebook executives discussing how they managed users’ posts about the origins of a pandemic that the administration was seeking to control. “Can someone quickly remind me why we were removing—rather than demoting/labeling—claims that Covid is man made,” asked Nick Clegg, the company’s president of global affairs, in a July 2021 email to colleagues. 

“We were under pressure from...

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