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Facebook, Instagram ban ads selling face masks to stop people from exploiting the coronavirus emergency

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Facebook and Instagram on Saturday banned ads and commerce listings selling medical face masks. Pixabay

Facebook and Instagram on Saturday banned ads and commerce listings selling medical face masks on their platforms to stop people from exploiting the coronavirus emergency.

Rob Leathern who leads Trust/Integrity team (for ads and business products) at Facebook, announced the decision on Twitter.

“We’re banning ads and commerce listings selling medical face masks. We’re monitoring COVID-19 closely and will make necessary updates to our policies if we see people trying to exploit this public health emergency,” he tweeted.

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Facebook has also announced that coronavirus-related searches on its platform would be greeted with an automatic pop-up featuring information from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Pixabay

Instagram head Adam Mosseri joined him. “Supplies are short, prices are up, and we’re against people exploiting this public health emergency. We’ll start rolling this out over the next few days,” Mosseri also tweeted.

Facebook has also announced that coronavirus-related searches on its platform would be greeted with an automatic pop-up featuring information from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Other tech companies have scrambled to stop price gouging and health misinformation.

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Amazon is working to eradicate “high priced offers” on products like hand sanitizer and face masks from its marketplace, while Ebay has banned all listings for N95 and N100 face masks, hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes, reports TechCrunch. Facebook last month announced to ban ads related to coronavirus that promise to cure, prevent or spread panic among the users around COVID-19. (IANS)

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Facebook Announces To Expand Community Help Feature

This is the first time Facebook has launched Community Help on a global scale and being used for a health pandemic

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This is the first time Facebook has launched Community Help on a global scale and being used for a health pandemic. VOA

Facebook has announced to expand its Community Help feature as part of COVID-19 efforts which will help people offer help to those affected by the new coronavirus pandemic, as well as donate to nonprofit organisations.

People can access Community Help in the COVID-19 Information Center on Facebook.

“Community Help is a place for people to request or offer help to neighbours, such as volunteering to deliver groceries or donating to a local food pantry or fundraiser,” Facebook said in statement late Tuesday.

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The social networking giant is starting to roll it out in the US, the UK, France, Australia and Canada in the next few days.

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Facebook has announced to expand its Community Help feature as part of COVID-19 efforts which will help people offer help to those affected by the new coronavirus pandemic, as well as donate to nonprofit organisations. Pixabay

“We’re working to bring it to more countries in the coming weeks,” said the company.

This is the first time Facebook has launched Community Help on a global scale and being used for a health pandemic.

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The new coronavirus cases reached over 8.5 lakh globally on Wednesday, with over 42,000 deaths. The cases in US reached 1.8 lakh alone, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. (IANS)