The US giant Google, the owner of the largest search site on the Internet, announced today, Friday, that it will prevent publishers and advertisers who use its platform from displaying ads on “dangerous content” that contradict the scientific consensus regarding the pandemic of the Corona virus, including conspiracy theories about the origins of the virus.
The content, which will not be allowed to profit via Google, includes conspiracy theories such as allegations that the virus is a hoax, or that it was created as a biological weapon or that billionaire Bill Gates stands behind him.
Google already prohibits advertising or publication content that displays harmful claims about disease prevention and treatment of “miracle”, or encourages the anti-vaccination movement or to refrain from treatment.
A spokesperson for the company said in a statement: “Since the beginning of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, we have been working hard to ensure that users are protected from advertisements, fraudulent, dangerous and harmful content.”
Technology giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter are under pressure to tackle misinformation about the virus and to adopt policies to counter such content on their sites.
Google’s move comes at a time when the United States is experiencing record cases of the virus.