Facebook to target coronavirus ads that spread panic and misinformation on the platform

Reports also suggest that the social media giant has rolled out similar policies for its Marketplace platform

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Feb 26, 2020 5:48 PM

In a bid to prevent misinformation, social media giant Facebook has confirmed that it will take strict actions against misleading ads that spread panic about coronavirus. The company has confirmed to a publication that that it will target ads that offer protection or cure against the virus, by creating a sense of urgency. Media reports suggest that it has devised similar policies also for its Marketplace platform.

Roughly a month ago, the company had announced that it would remove misinformation on Facebook and Instagram. It confirmed that it will weed out any content that offers fraudulent cure or prevention methods.

Last year, Facebook had taken a similar stance against content that spread vaccine paranoia after anti-vaxxers took over the platform. It stated that it will shut down any group or page preaching against vaccines. But some anti-vaxx ads persisted on the platform despite Facebook’s declaration, which led to a lot of criticism.

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