The crux rests with what is declared misinformation, and by which entities.
On Friday, revelations were reported that the Biden administration — after a renewed look into the origins of Covid-19 — has stated there is a likelihood the virus may have emerged from a research lab that is just as plausible as the nature-origin plotline. This is yet another example of the theory becoming a possibility, one that has previously been dismissed. The announcement represents the significant shift in this narrative that began last year, with officials and the media becoming open to the possibility of a man-made emergence of this virus.
What makes this all the more significant is the recent comments made by Press Secretary Jen Psaki about the efforts of the Biden administration regarding a related issue with vaccine information. There was quite the furor created when Psaki spoke of the White House wanting to work with Facebook and target specific social media accounts they deem to be delivering dangerous posts regarding vaccines. They want Facebook to de-platform those accounts spreading claimed misinformation, and also they want these accounts taken down from other platforms.
This is a chilling step, to see our leadership pushing to literally censor individuals, but it is made all the more worse by the administration’s own announcement that same day. The reason: what the administration stated Friday is in direct opposition to what was being said last year on the very same topic. When the prospect of a released virus was being voiced last year by members of Congress and President Trump, it was roundly contradicted by health officials and a majority of media outlets. The Wuhan lab leak theory was, at the time, dubbed as “misinformation.”
If the new desired standard of silencing accounts decreed by higher voices to be delivering inaccurate information had been in place last year, this topic — now announced as being plausible — could have been grounds to have targets denied their free expression. This means they could have shut down accounts for spreading false information that was declared false while ultimately becoming accurate. And
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