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Facebook temporarily bans ads, listings for medical face masks amid coronavirus outbreak
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Facebook temporarily bans ads, listings for medical face masks amid coronavirus outbreak


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Facebook on Friday announced it is temporarily banning ads and commerce listings selling medical face masks as the company continues to grapple with the reaction of its users to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Facebook Director of Product Management Capture Leathern announced the change in a Friday tweet. The social media giant will begin to put into impress the temporary ban on these kind of ads “over the following few days,” the company said in a blog post. 

“We’re banning ads and commerce listings selling medical face masks,” said Leathern, who leads the product team that enforces ad and business insurance policies across the company’s companies. “We’re monitoring COVID19 intently and will make necessary updates to our insurance policies if we view folk trying to exploit this public health emergency. We will start rolling out this change in the days ahead.”

“Provides are brief, prices are up, and we’re against folk exploiting this public health emergency,” tweeted Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram. 

The policy change comes one day after a company spokesman told CNBC that Facebook will assume political ads posted on its service in the occasion that they contain misinformation related to the sleek coronavirus. 

Since the outbreak, Facebook has been impacted in a selection of various ways. 

The company on Friday closed its London workplaces unless Monday in response to the outbreak. On Thursday, Facebook told its Bay Area workers to stay home and cancel any trips. And on Wednesday, the company announced that a contract employee in its Seattle administrative heart had examined definite for the sickness. 

The company also canceled its F8 annual software developers convention that was scheduled for May and it pulled out of a selection of different conferences due to the coronavirus. 

Globally, there are now at least 102,168 cases of the coronavirus and there have been at least 3,491 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins College.

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