- Google has banned all adverts in relation to medical face masks on its website in a bid to deal with misinformation
- It explained that the ban only applies to the masks and not other equipment regularly used to prevent the spread of the coronavirus
- The coronavirus has led to the deaths of over 4000 people and infected over 100,000 people around the world
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 has 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.
It added that measures would be implemented if it becomes necessary to protect users.
The statement further revealed that the ban only applies to face masks for now and as such other products such as hazmat suits and sanitizers could be promoted.
Google’s decision stems from the fact that some people are spreading misinformation about the coronavirus on its platforms.
At present, the coronavirus has led to the deaths of over 4 000 people and has infected over 100 000 people around the world.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported six more people in South Africa have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
This brings Mzansi's tally up to 13 Covid-19 positive patients who are based in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.