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Scammers and grifters are hawking face masks and fake coronavirus vaccines on YouTube as the platform fails to moderate its content yet again
Published: April 2, 2020
Publication: Business Insider
Scammers and grifters are using the coronavirus to profit online, costing consumers more than $5 million by tapping into their fears and promoting easy access to resources like masks, respirators, and hand sanitizer. On YouTube, videos touting overpriced face masks and bogus vaccines are easy to find.
Even despite YouTube and other social platforms' efforts to cut down on harmful content, coronavirus misinformation is still spreading faster than tech companies are able to take it down. A new report claims that by not enforcing stricter moderation practices, YouTube could be "enabling shadowy sellers."