With the ongoing coronavirus outbreak concerns, tech companies will temporarily ban ads for medical facemasks in an effort to prevent businesses from exploiting the situation.
Google said it will no longer allow any ads for medical face masks and the company already had a policy banning ad content that capitalises off the coronavirus. Last week, Facebook introduced bans on using the social media platform to exploit people’s concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily ban all medical face mask ads,” a Google spokesperson said to CNBC. “We’re actively monitoring the situation and will continue to take action as needed to protect users”
The company had an entire team who evaluates the situation in real-time, prohibiting tens of thousands of ads that were trying to capitalise on the COVID-19 coronavirus.
As of now, the ban only applies to face masks and not for other products such as hazmat suits and sanitisers. However, the company continues to monitor the situation and decide whether to withdraw the action.
Hopefully, this action can fight against the exploitative sale of medical supplies amidst growing fears about the spread of coronavirus.