Facebook has applied another security measure to stop the spread of coronavirus misinformation. After the social network promised to detect and remove false information, the platform also banned ads that promise to cure or prevent the virus, and ads that “create misinformation”.
“Recently, we have implemented an advertising ban policy that refers to coronavirus and creates a feeling of panic – for example, reporting a limited offer, guaranteeing treatment or prevention”, said representatives of the social network in a commentary by Business Insider.
Engadget authors note that Facebook has often been criticized because of its position regarding false information, and more recently because of a lack of control over political advertising. However, the approach to coronavirus content is similar to the position on disinformation against vaccination, which the social network has gradually tightened throughout 2019.
Media noted that on the platform you can still find some “controversial announcements” about the coronavirus. The social network explained this by the fact that the filter has so far been introduced in test mode.