A few months ago, Facebook, believing it was fighting against fake news, decided to censor articles raising the possibility that COVID-19 came from a Chinese laboratory.
Facebook thus believed to clean up democratic mores, especially since this thesis was associated with “the extreme right”, and even worse, with “conspiracy”!
We know that it is enough to have such a label affixed to suddenly become infrequent. This is how one drives out an idea from public life and avoids discussing a hypothesis. These labels are used to demonize.
But a week ago, surprise !!! We learned that this hypothesis was returning to the public debate and should be seriously considered. Joe Biden himself is seriously considering it.
And suddenly, Facebook decided to “decensure” it.
To say that this thesis was fake news was therefore fake news?
Personally, I have no idea where COVID came from and will believe those who will present the most documented explanation. I trust the scientific authorities.
But I have an idea, however, about the censorship practiced by social media: it is toxic, undemocratic, and those who claim to fight fake news unknowingly transform themselves – but every now and then, maybe know it. – they – by activists wanting to control the ideas circulating in public life.
Facebook like Twitter and YouTube should keep a little embarrassment before giving itself the right to censor ideas or people that offend.
Let them see this as a good lesson.
Let’s go further: collectively, we should beware of a little embarrassment before assimilating to the extreme right or to conspiracy the ideas that disturb us.
Before we label them to make them dirty, we could examine and discuss them.
And for their part, social networks should remember that they are not the keepers of the truth.