Facebook’s has been licensed to censor by Section 230 of the 1996 telecommunications act, which was proposed to, and for some time did, to encourage the free flow of data and information. It does so by dismissing websites of obligation for information they spread or refuse to convey.
Facebook’s record on intrigue theories has been inadequate lately. It was happy for years to spread rumors and media stories on Trump’s fictional conspiracy with Russia. And Facebook’s was also happy for months to stifle any mention of the theory that Covid-19 has emerged from a lab leak in China. So, for almost 16 months, Facebook’s has denied readers information about a serious theory.
It claims that it reduces the distribution of information rated and delivered as “false” by fact-checkers. A group of 18 biology scientists was called up on May 13 for a deeper investigation into the Covid origins, including the lab leak theory in Wuhan. Then, on May 26, the Biden administration announced that it was vigorously examining the lab leak hypothesis.