Facebook is banning ads that promise to cure the coronavirus
- Facebook is tightening up its rules on ads that reference the coronavirus outbreak.
- It is banning ads that mentioned it if they attempt to "create a sense of urgency" around the virus or promise to cure it.
- Like other tech platforms, Facebook is has seen a wave of activity relating to the COVID-19 outbreak, including misinformation.
- The company has also said it will take down false posts about the coronavirus entirely if they put people at risk.
Facebook is tightening up its rules on ads that reference the novel coronavirus, in an attempt to curtail misinformation and fearmongering about the outbreak.The social network will now ban ads that mention it if they promise to cure or prevent the virus, or attempt to "create a sense of urgency" about it.
Facebook, like other tech platforms, is currently grappling with a surge of panicked conversation and sometimes outright misinformation about COVID-19, which has sickened more than 79,000 people globally and killed more than 2,600 over the last few months.Facebook utilises fact-checkers to check dubious claims and subsequently suppress them in its newsfeed, and in late January announced it was taking the additional step of outright removing false information about the outbreak "that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities that could cause harm to people who believe them."
Meanwhile, Facebook users are turning to groups on the social network to buy and sell medical face masks in bulk - something that risks hindering medical professionals' ability to combat the outbreak.Other tech companies are also experiencing a surge of unwelcome activity around the outbreak. On Tuesday, Wired reported that some third-party sellers on Amazon have been attempting to price-gouge customers looking for masks, jacking up their prices to many times what they would normally retail for. Do you work at Facebook? Got a tip? Contact this reporter using a nonwork device via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1 650-636-6268), encrypted email (firstname.lastname@example.org), standard email (email@example.com), Telegram/Wickr/WeChat (robaeprice) or Twitter DM (@robaeprice). PR pitches by standard email only, please.
- Instagram's lax privacy practices let a trusted partner track millions of users' physical locations, secretly save their stories, and flout its rules
- Mark Zuckerberg's personal security chief accused of sexual harassment and making racist remarks about Priscilla Chan by 2 former staffers
- Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent
- Years of Mark Zuckerberg's old Facebook posts have vanished. The company says it 'mistakenly deleted' them.
- Pakistan may resume import of cotton from India, says Report
- Google may introduce 'Wear OS screen recording' tool, says report
- Researchers develop new data transfer system ten times faster than USB
- Ayodhya's Ram Temple collects nearly ₹2,100 crore funds for its construction, says associated Trust
- Increase public health care budget in Maharashtra: Activists