Facebook bans ads on COVID-19 test kits, hand sanitizers

In an official blog summarising steps taken to ensure the curb of misinformation, Facebook said that it will also ban ads and commerce listings for hand sanitizer, surface disinfecting wipes and COVID-19 testing kits.

Written by March 22, 2020 15:31

New Delhi: After banning ads on masks, Facebook has announced that it will ban ads for related products to prevent people from misusing the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak to sell items at inflated prices.

In an official blog summarising steps taken to ensure the curb of misinformation, Facebook said that it will also ban ads and commerce listings for hand sanitizer, surface disinfecting wipes and COVID-19 testing kits.

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In a separate Twitter thread, Rob Leathern, Lead – Trust/Integrity team at Facebook, wrote that the move is to “help protect against inflated prices and predatory behaviour we’re seeing,” adding, “We’ll be ramping up our automated enforcement for ads and commerce next week. If we see abuse around these products in organic posts, we’ll remove those, too.” (ANI)