Google bans ads touting Coronavirus conspiracies
Google announced on friday that it will ban contents that promote conspiracy theories about covid-19. Alphabet Inc's Google said it will prohibit websites and apps that use its advertising technology from running ads on "dangerous content" that goes against scientific consensus during the coronavirus pandemic.
Google has already banned ads with harmful content like "miracle" health cures or which promote the anti-vaccination movement. It also prevents ads from running on publisher content that encourages those topics.
The ban will come into effect from next month. Violation of this will not lead to immediate account suspension but a warning will be issued at least 7 day prior to the suspension.
Google's new policy will also bar advertisers from creating their own ads that promote coronavirus conspiracy theories. It only allows certain institutions to run ads about the coronavirus pandemic, including government organizations and healthcare providers, to prevent activities like price-gouging on medical supplies.