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Facebook is banning ads that promise to prevent, cure, treat, or otherwise incite panic around COVID-19, which is caused by the novel coronavirus. The social media platform also applied the same modifications for its Marketplace platform, filtering products that provide false and unapproved medical claims.
Facebook also said it supports the World Health Organization (WHO) 's efforts, by stopping ads for products that imply a shortage of supply, or a guarantee for a cure or prevention. Some of the posts banned were those claiming that face makes are 100 percent guaranteed to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
"Our global network of third-party fact-checkers are continuing their work reviewing content and debunking false claims that are spreading related to the coronavirus. When they rate information as false, we limit its spread on Facebook and Instagram and show people accurate information from these partners. We also send notifications to people who already shared or are trying to share this content to alert them that it's been fact-checked," Facebook said on its website.
Facebook also said it would start removing content with false claims and those which can cause harm to people who believe them.
"We are focusing on claims that are designed to discourage treatment or taking appropriate precautions. This includes claims related to false cures or prevention methods — like drinking bleach cures the coronavirus — or claims that create confusion about available health resources," Facebook added.
Hashtags used to spread false claims and misinformation on Instagram will also be removed. Global situation
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak is spreading rapidly, and for the first time, the number of new infections in the last 24 hours surpassed that in China, the source of the virus.
The novel coronavirus has originated in a seafood market in Hubei province in China, which has reported the highest number of infections and deaths. Hubei province has reported 65,596 infections and 2,641 deaths.
Globally, of the 82,164 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, 32,872 have recovered a time of writing. The remaining patients are still admitted and undergoing treatment. Sources: World Health Organization (WHO). (2020). Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)Situation Report – 37. https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200226-sitrep-37-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=6126c0a4_2 Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE - https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 Facebook. (2020). Keeping People Safe and Informed About the Coronavirus. https://about.fb.com/news/2020/01/coronavirus/
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