Facebook Blocks Fake Coronavirus Cure Ads
Facebook has announced it is cracking down on ads promoting fake coronavirus cures and misleading prevention tips.
“We’re taking steps to stop ads for products that refer to the coronavirus and create a sense of urgency, like implying a limited supply, or guaranteeing a cure or prevention,” Facebook said in a statement.
What You Need to Know
There is currently no cure for COVID-19, the version of coronavirus that is sickening people around the globe. Any advertisement saying otherwise is lying. Ads claiming that face masks can prevent the spread of the disease are also inaccurate. Facebook is currently working with global health organizations to fact-check this content and protect users.
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What to Do if You See a Misleading Ad
Make sure you flag and report the ad to Facebook, or whichever social network you are using. Do not click on it, as the advertiser may use that information to re-target you with other messages in the future. If you feel the product is dangerous, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission here.
Most Importantly, Stay Calm!
There is no need to panic. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other global organizations are working around the clock to not only address COVID-19, but ensure everyone across the globe has access to accurate information. They are already partnering with Facebook and other social networks to accomplish this goal.
For tips on how to stay healthy and best practices to avoid contracting coronavirus as a senior, please see our article Coronavirus: Safety Tips for Seniors.