Around this time last year, Facebook encouraged its users to start campaigns fighting racial inequality, they would even donate the first few dollars to get it started. Fast forward to today, Facebook has recently been accused of racist and discriminatory behavior after deleting photos that were historical archives of men and women from Papua New Guinea.
"The group, which boasts over 55,000 members, claims photos showing traditional dress or ceremonies were deleted for allegedly containing nudity - but photos showing nudity among white people were not" (see here).
All this comes on the heels of a new change in policy. Yesterday Facebook announced they will no longer ban posts claiming COVID-19 was man-made. A huge change from this past February where Facebook had announced they would remove posts that, at that time, went against the World Health Organizations, and other leading health organizations, counter view of the virus being manufactured.
A Facebook spokesperson said, "In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made from our apps."
People once touted as 'conspiracy theorists' and genuine critical thinkers can enjoy the freedoms of investigating and discussing all the possibilities of COVID's origin again on the popular social media site, free from being banned. However, the double standards Facebook exhibits will not be forgotten moving forward.