Coronavirus: Facebook announces ban on testing kits, disinfecting wipes ads

Coronavirus: Facebook announces ban on testing kits, disinfecting wipes ads

- Facebook has announced a ban of adverts about hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes and COVID-19 testing kits

- This comes after it banned all adverts promising a cure for the coronavirus

- Other popular online platforms such as Google, Amazon and Twitter are also doing their best to prevent sellers from promoting cures for the coronavirus

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In a new move to prevent sellers from taking advantage of people as the coronavirus continues to spread, Facebook has banned adverts about some items from its platform.

The items listed are hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes and testing kits to determine the presence of the coronavirus.

This comes after it announced an earlier ban against claims of cures for the coronavirus.

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The policy affects both adverts and commercial listings on Facebook Marketplace.

It also applies to sellers who make products available through organic posts on Facebook and Instagram.

Sellers are however taking advantage of dedicated Facebook groups to promote their products, as those spaces are more difficult for the company to monitor.

Meanwhile, Google LLC has announced that it has banned all adverts for medical face masks in the wake of the global spread of the coronavirus.

This follows a previous policy that prohibits content that is designed to profit off the epidemic.

On Friday, March 6, 2020, Facebook stated that it had temporarily banned adverts and commercial listings that promote or sell medical face masks.

Per a report by CNBC, a spokesperson from Google indicated via mail that the company is actively monitoring the situation.

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