July 4, 2022
Facebook Bans Fake Coronavirus Cures and Ads Peddling Disease Conspiracies

Facebook Starts Banning Ads that Peddle Coronavirus Conspiracies and Content Featuring Fake Cures

Facebook is clamping down on fake content about the coronavirus, including conspiracies and fake cures attempting to circulate on the social network…

Practically every crisis encourages nefarious opportunists to attempt to cash-in on people’s fears. It’s happened with conflicts in regions around the world, upheaval in market stability, and of course, public health concerns.

Now, some of the biggest sites on the internet or taking vigilant action in order to curtail the spread of misinformation and phony cures related to the coronavirus.

Facebook Bans Fake Coronavirus Cures and Ads Peddling Disease Conspiracies

Facebook has joined the likes of Google and Amazon, enacting stronger content moderation policies in order to prevent the spread of conspiracy theories and fake cures about the coronavirus.

The world’s largest social network has an astounding 2.5 billion monthly active users. And, with such a massive, worldwide audience, false information can spread very quickly. Making things worse are bad actors who pedal fraudulent cures in various places and forms on the social networking behemoth.

While the digital company has complex algorithms at its disposal, and hundreds of moderators, this alone isn’t enough to totally stop the problem. It remains entirely possible for malicious characters to spread misleading and harmful information, including pedaling bogus cures. However, the social corporation has a duty to its users, as well as to the public at large, to do all it can to prevent the spread of fake content.

Facebook explains:

“We recently implemented a policy to prohibit ads that refer to the coronavirus and create a sense of urgency, like implying a limited supply, or guaranteeing a cure or prevention. We also have policies for surfaces like Marketplace that prohibit similar behavior.”

Owen E. Richason IV

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