Facebook says it will ban misleading coronavirus ads

nanoguy

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The coronavirus crisis is now serious enough - with a toll of 81,292 cases and 2,770 deaths as of writing - that tech giants are starting to carefully consider how they moderate related content posted on their social platforms.

According to a report from Business Insider, Facebook is crafting tighter rules for what content is acceptable on the platform when it comes to the illness in order to cut down on the rapidly increasing amount of misinformation posted online.

Specifically, the new ban targets any posts that "create a sense of urgency" around the acquisition of various products that promise to prevent or even cure the illness. This means that ads that create the impression that something is in limited supply or that it's guaranteed to be effective against the coronavirus are no longer allowed.

The policy extends to Instagram as well as services like Facebook Marketplace. Amazon similarly had to fight people who've been quick to capitalize on the demand for protective masks of all kinds by selling in small batches and gradually increasing their prices. The retail giant has warned that merchants who violate its pricing policies will be banned from the Amazon Marketplace.

The coronavirus outbreak has had a significant impact on the tech industry as a whole, with many companies choosing to skip major annual events as a way to lower the risk of spreading the illness. Facebook is among others like EA and Sony who recently decided not to be at GDC 2020, and Mobile World Congress 2020 has been canceled altogether.

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BigRedPDX

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Shut the entire internet down! That's how much misinformation is out there. Picking good data from bad data is a task sometimes.
 
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JimboJoneson

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Crazy ... I guess the politicians and media outlets are now riding us like cheap old donkeys to enable them to spread their lies, and people just promote them willingly ...

While I would love to blame politician's and media companies for this, why the hell are we not shutting this stuff down instead of spreading it? Because we (at least Facebook users ;)) are controllable monkeys, that's why.

I mean politicians and media companies always lie about everything (and plain biased aholes with an agenda, as your link indicated), but people will believe the BS and spread the manure, as long as the lie aligns with their emotional reaction.

Hate lefties? Than suddenly every lie on Facebook that seeks to broadly demonize anyone who might have any liberal values, is promoted and spread by those who's emotional reactions align. Hate righties? Same thing ... No one ever evaluates for logic or truth, but only their emotional reactions to things ... like a brainless zombie ...

This is how you control the monkeys. But don't tell the monkeys ... nah just kidding, even if you told them, they wouldn't change ...

Sorry I'm having a "disappointed with humanity" moment ... lol.
 
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Karlos95

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Wish they'd ban politician's from spreading false info about the other candidates. Too many vote on those misleading ads.
 

JimboJoneson

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Wish they'd ban politician's from spreading false info about the other candidates. Too many vote on those misleading ads.
I've made a pact to never vote for anyone or party that spends their campaign money on attack ads instead of fortifying their virtues.

To me it screams "I'm such a horrible 'X', that all I can do is make someone else look bad so I look better." ... I mean, just start throwing your feces on passersby - I'll feel the same way about you, either way.

As you can imagine, I don't do much voting ...
 
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Yynxs

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There's a quote buried down there about 1 in ten Americans getting the flu. That would be roughly 32 million. Look through the links below on the 'Wuhan Death Halo Virus' and choose your desired death rate. 1.3 to 3.3. That would be between 416,000 and 1,056,000 American deaths alone infecting only 1/10 of the population with the real transmission rate unknown as the new non-linked case in Solano County California (I personally believe it was baggage handler at Travis) shows.

I'm not sure what Zucker is doing suppressing 'panic and hysteria' since running away and hiding, at this point, seems the most logical step.


26 Feb 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/26/michael-savage-rips-science-illiterate-rush-limbau/
Michael Savage rips 'science illiterate' Rush Limbaugh over coronavirus claims
2,700/80,000=3.38% deathrate

23 Feb 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/23/moscow-orders-raids-track-down-chinese-amid-corona/
Moscow orders raids to track down Chinese: 'An unpleasant task, but it is necessary'
2,300/76,000=3.02% deathrate

19 Feb 2020 https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/china-deploys-40-incinerators-wuhan-21529067
China deploys 40 incinerators to Wuhan amid fears of coronavirus death toll 'cover up'
2,000/75,000=2.67% deathrate

18 Feb 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/18/coronavirus-vaccine-effort-gets-trump-administrati/
Trump administration boosts vaccine effort as questions persist over coronavirus origins

15 Feb 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/15/france-announces-1st-death-in-europe-of-virus-pati/
France announces 1st coronaviruspatient death outside Asia

15 Feb 2020 https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soc...bei-reports-2420-new-cases-and-139-additional
Coronavirus: experimental treatments give hope as China death toll hits 1,523
1,523/66,492=2.29% deathrate

13 Feb 2020 https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/13/health/coronavirus-cdc-robert-redfield-gupta-intv/index.html
CDC director: Novel coronavirus 'is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year'

12 Feb 2020 https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soc...body-china-knows-about-many-deaths-will-never
Coronavirus: Why many deaths will never appear in official figures

12 Feb 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/12/cdc-coronavirus-may-be-seasonal-yet-premature-bank/
Health experts urge caution as virus cases fall for second day

11 Feb 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/11/covid-19-coronavirus-new-name-avoids-stigmatizing-/
WHO avoids 'stigmatizing' China with new coronavirus name
1,017/42,708=2.38% deathrate

10 Feb 2020 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...ip-iceberg-death-toll-nears-1-000/4711497002/
43,000+ coronavirus cases may be 'tip of the iceberg' as death toll passes 1,000
1,016/43,099=2.35% deathrate

10 Feb 2020 https://www.breitbart.com/europe/20...d-imminent-threat-activates-emergency-powers/
UK Declares Coronavirus ‘Serious and Imminent Threat’, Activates Emergency Powers

09 Feb 2020 https://www.wsj.com/articles/corona...-faster-and-further-than-pathogen-11581246001

08 Feb 2020 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...sey-bound-cruise-ship-tested-coronavirus.html
638/31,481=2.02% deathrate

08 Feb 2020 https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10904402/coronavirus-chinese-media-giant-lists-deaths-as-24589/
304/14,446=2.10% deathrate

03 Feb 2020 https://www.breitbart.com/national-...-attempts-to-positively-identify-one-carrier/
Chinese Coronavirus Test Took Four Attempts to Positively Identify One Carrier

03 Feb 2020 https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/coronavirus-death-toll-hits-361-21418408
361/17,000=2.1% deathrate

https://www.livemint.com/news/world...eal-hidden-risk-of-spread-11580556507678.html
Virus in loose stool of corona virus cases

02 Feb 2020 https://www.foxnews.com/health/coronavirus-death-in-philippines-said-to-be-first-outside-china
300/14,000=2.14% deathrate

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/31/china-reports-259-people-have-died-of-new-virus-11/
259/11,79=2.19% deathrate

31 Jan 2020 https://www.breitbart.com/radio/202...navirus-rates-should-level-off-decline-after-

two-months/
Dr. Nicole Saphier: Coronavirus Rates Should Level Off and Decline After Two Months
"...The novel coronavirus has a mortality rate of less than two percent, according to the United Kingdom’s chief medical officer, Prof.

Chris Whitty...."
.“I want to remind everyone that about one in ten Americans will get the flu, and about 35,000 Americans die every year from the flu." hmmmm...
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/flu.htm
Number of deaths: 6,515
Deaths per 100,000 population: 2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_the_United_States
"...The United States is the third-most populous country in the world, with an estimated population of 329,227,746 as of January 28, 2020..."

31 Jan 2020 https://www.breitbart.com/border/2020/01/31/pets-can-carry-wuhan-coronavirus-too-says-expert/
"..Pets Can Carry Wuhan Coronavirus Too, Says Expert..."

30 Jan 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/30/who-declares-global-health-emergency-us-reports-fi/
"...WHO’s latest statistics show at least 7,736 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in China and 170 deaths..."
170/7736=2.19% deathrate.

27 Jan 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/27/china-silent-coronavirus-origins-amid-wuhan-seafoo/
"...80 people have died in China, most in the central province of Hubei, and more than 2,700 are infected...."
80/2700=2.96% deathrate

26 Jan 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/26/us-consulate-wuhan-evacuate-amid-coronavirus-outbr/
1975 infections 56 deaths
56/1975=2.17% deathrate.

24 Jan 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/24/virus-hit-wuhan-has-two-laboratories-linked-chines/
"...coronavirus that has killed scores and infected hundreds..."

20 Jan 2020 https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2020...-to-panic-as-deadly-virus-goes-international/
'China has confirmed 217 infected patients according to Xinhua – 136 confirmed in the last weekend in Wuhan.
"...unknown respiratory virus affecting hundreds and believed to have killed three people so far..."
3/217=1.3% deathrate

08 Jan 2020 https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-vi...-investigating-pneumonia-outbreak-11578485668
'59 sickened, 7 in critical condition'
 

CharmsD

Posts: 411   +254
There's a quote buried down there about 1 in ten Americans getting the flu. That would be roughly 32 million. Look through the links below on the 'Wuhan Death Halo Virus' and choose your desired death rate. 1.3 to 3.3. That would be between 416,000 and 1,056,000 American deaths alone infecting only 1/10 of the population with the real transmission rate unknown as the new non-linked case in Solano County California (I personally believe it was baggage handler at Travis) shows.

I'm not sure what Zucker is doing suppressing 'panic and hysteria' since running away and hiding, at this point, seems the most logical step.





26 Feb 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/26/michael-savage-rips-science-illiterate-rush-limbau/
Michael Savage rips 'science illiterate' Rush Limbaugh over coronavirus claims
2,700/80,000=3.38% deathrate

23 Feb 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/23/moscow-orders-raids-track-down-chinese-amid-corona/
Moscow orders raids to track down Chinese: 'An unpleasant task, but it is necessary'
2,300/76,000=3.02% deathrate

19 Feb 2020 https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/china-deploys-40-incinerators-wuhan-21529067
China deploys 40 incinerators to Wuhan amid fears of coronavirus death toll 'cover up'
2,000/75,000=2.67% deathrate

18 Feb 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/18/coronavirus-vaccine-effort-gets-trump-administrati/
Trump administration boosts vaccine effort as questions persist over coronavirus origins

15 Feb 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/15/france-announces-1st-death-in-europe-of-virus-pati/
France announces 1st coronaviruspatient death outside Asia

15 Feb 2020 https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soc...bei-reports-2420-new-cases-and-139-additional
Coronavirus: experimental treatments give hope as China death toll hits 1,523
1,523/66,492=2.29% deathrate

13 Feb 2020 https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/13/health/coronavirus-cdc-robert-redfield-gupta-intv/index.html
CDC director: Novel coronavirus 'is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year'

12 Feb 2020 https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soc...body-china-knows-about-many-deaths-will-never
Coronavirus: Why many deaths will never appear in official figures

12 Feb 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/12/cdc-coronavirus-may-be-seasonal-yet-premature-bank/
Health experts urge caution as virus cases fall for second day

11 Feb 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/11/covid-19-coronavirus-new-name-avoids-stigmatizing-/
WHO avoids 'stigmatizing' China with new coronavirus name
1,017/42,708=2.38% deathrate

10 Feb 2020 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...ip-iceberg-death-toll-nears-1-000/4711497002/
43,000+ coronavirus cases may be 'tip of the iceberg' as death toll passes 1,000
1,016/43,099=2.35% deathrate

10 Feb 2020 https://www.breitbart.com/europe/20...d-imminent-threat-activates-emergency-powers/
UK Declares Coronavirus ‘Serious and Imminent Threat’, Activates Emergency Powers

09 Feb 2020 https://www.wsj.com/articles/corona...-faster-and-further-than-pathogen-11581246001

08 Feb 2020 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...sey-bound-cruise-ship-tested-coronavirus.html
638/31,481=2.02% deathrate

08 Feb 2020 https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10904402/coronavirus-chinese-media-giant-lists-deaths-as-24589/
304/14,446=2.10% deathrate

03 Feb 2020 https://www.breitbart.com/national-...-attempts-to-positively-identify-one-carrier/
Chinese Coronavirus Test Took Four Attempts to Positively Identify One Carrier

03 Feb 2020 https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/coronavirus-death-toll-hits-361-21418408
361/17,000=2.1% deathrate

https://www.livemint.com/news/world...eal-hidden-risk-of-spread-11580556507678.html
Virus in loose stool of corona virus cases

02 Feb 2020 https://www.foxnews.com/health/coronavirus-death-in-philippines-said-to-be-first-outside-china
300/14,000=2.14% deathrate

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/31/china-reports-259-people-have-died-of-new-virus-11/
259/11,79=2.19% deathrate

31 Jan 2020 https://www.breitbart.com/radio/202...navirus-rates-should-level-off-decline-after-

two-months/
Dr. Nicole Saphier: Coronavirus Rates Should Level Off and Decline After Two Months
"...The novel coronavirus has a mortality rate of less than two percent, according to the United Kingdom’s chief medical officer, Prof.

Chris Whitty...."
.“I want to remind everyone that about one in ten Americans will get the flu, and about 35,000 Americans die every year from the flu." hmmmm...
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/flu.htm
Number of deaths: 6,515
Deaths per 100,000 population: 2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_the_United_States
"...The United States is the third-most populous country in the world, with an estimated population of 329,227,746 as of January 28, 2020..."

31 Jan 2020 https://www.breitbart.com/border/2020/01/31/pets-can-carry-wuhan-coronavirus-too-says-expert/
"..Pets Can Carry Wuhan Coronavirus Too, Says Expert..."

30 Jan 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/30/who-declares-global-health-emergency-us-reports-fi/
"...WHO’s latest statistics show at least 7,736 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in China and 170 deaths..."
170/7736=2.19% deathrate.

27 Jan 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/27/china-silent-coronavirus-origins-amid-wuhan-seafoo/
"...80 people have died in China, most in the central province of Hubei, and more than 2,700 are infected...."
80/2700=2.96% deathrate

26 Jan 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/26/us-consulate-wuhan-evacuate-amid-coronavirus-outbr/
1975 infections 56 deaths
56/1975=2.17% deathrate.

24 Jan 2020 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/24/virus-hit-wuhan-has-two-laboratories-linked-chines/
"...coronavirus that has killed scores and infected hundreds..."

20 Jan 2020 https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2020...-to-panic-as-deadly-virus-goes-international/
'China has confirmed 217 infected patients according to Xinhua – 136 confirmed in the last weekend in Wuhan.
"...unknown respiratory virus affecting hundreds and believed to have killed three people so far..."
3/217=1.3% deathrate

08 Jan 2020 https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-vi...-investigating-pneumonia-outbreak-11578485668
'59 sickened, 7 in critical condition'

What is the point of all this claptrap?
 

Yynxs

Posts: 544   +183
TechSpot Elite
What is the point of all this claptrap?
Apparently quoting the article isn't enough. The first sentence of the article states: "...After a series of polarizing decision regarding political ads, Facebook has decided to crack down on content that creates panic and hysteria around the coronavirus outbreak,..."

What you read on Facebook is being filtered, "...to crack down on content that creates panic and hysteria around the coronavirus outbread,..." The quotes are actual death counts from news sources around the world. If I chose one, like Breitbart or Fox, there would be crap about deliberate manipulation. The head of the US CDC, the Canadian, and the UK versions are telling you not to worry. Yet here are the facts.

The ostensible reason (read propagana reason) for filtering what you read is people selling snake oil because 'lets protect *****s' and we can keep the rest ignorant by default.

So there it is. You don't want to know, don't read. But don't say you weren't informed clearly.