[Ed. – Caveat emptor.]
A page with more than 1,200 followers was peddling N95 masks on Facebook yesterday – despite the company’s policies prohibiting such sales to prevent people from exploiting the public health emergency with scams or price gouging. Several accounts were also claiming to sell the masks on its subsidiary Instagram.
A researcher even surfaced an instance of a sponsored post in his News Feed selling face masks and thermometers. These accounts were no longer available on Facebook and Instagram as of this morning, after The Technology 202 asked the company about them.
“Since covid-19 was declared a public health emergency, Facebook has removed millions of ads and commerce listings for the sale of masks, hand sanitizer, surface disinfecting wipes and covid-19 test kits,” Facebook spokesman Devon Kearns said. “While enforcement is not perfect, we have put several automated detection mechanisms in place to block or remove this material from our platform.”