Google will block advertising supporting coronavirus conspiracy theories, delete advertisements from pages creating such theories, and demonetize whole domains that repeatedly violate the policy from August 18. Earlier today, CNBC announced the story, adding it applies to an international prohibition on monetizing misleading scientific myths.
A spokesman for Google said the latest guidelines would include pages that dispute an “authoritative scientific consensus” on the coronavirus pandemic. Although Google is now demonetizing fake health statements, it will do the same shortly with misleading allegations regarding the source of the virus. The regulation does not extend on pages debunking or commenting on the nature of such myths and it will not refer on conspiracy theories that are not linked to coronavirus.
“We are putting additional safeguards in place by expanding our harmful health claims policies for both publishers and advertisers to include dangerous content about a health crisis that contradicts scientific consensus,” a spokeswoman informed The Verge.