Facebook bans ads seeking to capitalize on COVID-19 threats

Facebook bans ads seeking to capitalize on COVID-19 threats

- Facebook has expanded its feat to ban advertisements that seek to capitalize on COVID-19 fears

- Social networking site recently prohibited more types of ads on items that will help people prevent the virus such as hand sanitizer, surface disinfecting wipes and COVID-19 testing kits

- Organic posts selling the said products will also be removed by Facebook

- This is in addition to ads for medical face masks Facebook had already banned in the first week of March

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As concerns regarding coronavirus continue to mount globally, Facebook has expanded its action to ban advertisements that seek to take advantage of the present pandemic.

According to Facebook Newsroom, the social networking site on March 19 prohibited more types of ads and organic posts selling items that will help people prevent the virus such as hand sanitizer, surface disinfecting wipes and COVID-19 testing kits.

“In addition to masks, we’re now also banning ads and commerce listings for hand sanitizer, surface disinfecting wipes and COVID-19 testing kits. And if we see people selling these products in organic posts on Facebook or Instagram, we’ll remove them,” it said.

Facebook Director of Product Management Rob Leathern also said, “This is another step to help protect against inflated prices and predatory behavior we’re seeing.”

“We’ll be ramping up our automated enforcement for ads and commerce next week. If we see abuse around these products in organic posts, we’ll remove those, too,” he added.

Previously, Facebook had already banned ads and commerce listings for medical face masks.

“We’re banning ads and commerce listings selling medical face masks,” Leathern tweeted. “We’re monitoring COVID19 closely and will make necessary updates to our policies if we see people trying to exploit this public health emergency. We’ll start rolling out this change in the days ahead.”

Meanwhile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social networking site is launching the Coronavirus Information Center, a hub where users can get real-time updates about COVID-19.

“We're going to show the Coronavirus Information Center at the top of your Facebook app over the next week to make sure everyone sees this information, and we'll update it every day with what's important that day,” Zuckerberg said.

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KAMI previously reported that Zuckerberg received his degree from Harvard 12 years after he dropped out of college.

Mark Zuckerberg joined the ranks of college dropouts that became successful tech giants entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

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