It has been confirmed in a statement, given to Business Insider, that Facebook is prohibiting publicities which promise to cure, prevent, or otherwise incite panic around COVID-19, the new coronavirus disease. The company has added that its Marketplace platform, where Facebook users can buy and sell items, has similar policies.
”We recently implemented a policy to prohibit ads that refer to the coronavirus and create a sense of urgency, like implying a limited supply, or guaranteeing a cure or prevention,” the company told Business Insider, “We also have policies for surfaces like Marketplace that prohibit similar behaviour.”
Facebook has stated before, that the policy would cover all information regarding fake medications and methods of prevention, or misleading claims regarding the available health resources, but it did not mention if its policies also covered advertising for its platform. The declaration today clarifies this aspect.