Amazon Threatens to Remove Sellers Claiming to Treat Corona Virus

Amazon is removing listings from its online marketplace that claim to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The company notified third-party merchants this week that it was taking down listings claiming to be a treatment, cure or remedy for COVID-19.

It comes as the coronavirus outbreak has continued to worsen, spreading to more than two dozen countries, infecting more than 75,000 people and killing at least 2,000.

Last week, Amazon was one of several tech giants that met with the World Health Organization at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California offices to discuss how to stop misinformation about the coronavirus on their platforms. 

Now, Amazon appears to be cracking down on mentions of the coronavirus in products listed on its marketplace. The company said it would consider reinstating the flagged listings if they removed the “prohibited medical claims.”

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