Facebook Refuses Coronavirus ‘Cure’ Ads

  • AUTHOR: fiona
  • POSTED ON: February 27, 2020

Facebook’s been having a bad day since 2016.

Source: Observer 

The platform has consistently struggled with misleading ads that spread misinformation and encouraged vindictive agendas. For example, during the election season, many politicians used this medium to mislead its users. In addition to this, some private Facebook groups are known for spreading false medical beliefs. Shots were fired when Facebook started to show ads that were skeptical about vaccines. 

Mark Zuckerberg has always been reluctant to ban or remove ads as he solidifies that Facebook shouldn’t be the flag-bearer of the utmost truth. Hence, the announcement to ban the ads of coronavirus cure come as a surprise. 

Understanding how problematic its streak has been, Facebook has decided to remove any ads that guarantee a cure for coronavirus. The coronavirus epidemic has created chaos on all social media websites. Thus, thousands of conspiracy theories are floating around, and possible cures have begun to spread like wildfire. Facebook has decided to take a step back as this medical emergency has created a state of confusion and dilemma. 

Source: Daily Mail

While speaking to Forbes Magazine, the spokesperson of Facebook stated that it would remove ads “that refer to the coronavirus and create a sense of urgency, like implying a limited supply, or guaranteeing a cure or prevention.” 

As per the statistics, it has been concluded that 81,000 people have been infected with the virus and more than 2,700 have died globally. 

Updated February 27, 2020
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