Facebook to prohibit deceptive advertisements about coronavirus

Facebook to prohibit deceptive advertisements about coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: A Facebook logo is shown on a smart device in this illustration taken January 6,2020 REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Image

( Reuters) – Facebook Inc stated on Wednesday it would ban ads for items using any cures or prevention around the coronavirus outbreak, and those that produce a sense of seriousness around the circumstance.

The disease, believed to have come from the Chinese city of Wuhan late in 2015, has actually eliminated more than 2,700 individuals.

The statement by the social-media giant comes as it faces increasing regulative examination over the kind of content published on its platform, particularly products showing extreme ideologies and phony news.

Advertisements with claims like ‘face masks are 100%ensured to avoid the spread of the infection’ will not be allowed, a business spokesperson said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Avoidance (CDC) on Tuesday notified Americans to begin getting ready for the spread of coronavirus in the United States after infections emerged in a number of more nations.

Last month, Facebook said that it would remove content about the infection “with incorrect claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading international health companies and regional health authorities”, joining business like TikTok and Pinterest.

Reporting by Ambhini Aishwarya and Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr and Shailesh Kuber

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