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Digital Platforms Enabling Advertisers to Exploit Coronavirus Fears

As consumers face historic physical and economic threats posed by the spread of the COVID-19, commonly called the coronavirus, digital platforms are enabling shadowy sellers to market and sell medical masks at a time when they are in short supply for professionals on the front lines treating coronavirus patients. Digital Citizens Alliance and Coalition for a Safer Web researchers also found sellers promising “vaccines” and test kits, and the examples are clear attempts to prey on consumers’ fears and worries.

Coronavirus Reports

DOMAINS OF DANGER: How Website Speculators and Registrars Trade Internet Safety for Profit

Facebook Enables Advertisers to Exploit Coronavirus Fears

Youtube Enabling (Maybe Validating) Shadowy Sellers of Medical Masks and Bogus Vaccines

Letters to the FTC and Department of Justice


Coronavirus Press Releases

03 Apr

Unable or Unwilling? YouTube Fails to Stop Shady Operators Capitalizing on Coronavirus Fears, New Research Finds

CDC-Branded Resources Embedded on YouTube Pages from Shadowy Sellers Heightens Concerns about Confusing and Tricking Consumers Research Findings to be Shared with U.S. Department of Justice Washington, DC, Friday, April 3, 2020 – YouTube, whether unwilling or unable, is enabling dubious sellers to push face masks and fraudulent

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19 Mar

Digital Citizens Alliance Calls on U.S. Department of Justice to Halt Advertising of Medical Masks, Coronavirus Test Kits and “Vaccines” on Facebook and Instagram

WASHINGTON, DC, March 19, 2020 – Facebook has shown it is unable to prevent advertisements hawking a variety of coronavirus products to include medical masks, test kits and even “vaccines,” and it is time that the U.S. Department of Justice steps in swiftly to hold bad actors, who take advantage of consumer fears and anxieties,

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Coronavirus Blogs

27 Apr


Federal law enforcement officials have disrupted “hundreds of fraudulent websites” that were exploiting fears about coronavirus, including maliciously posing as government agencies ...

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09 Apr

Beware of COVID-19 Scams:

DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY CLICK THAT LINK! In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, internet scams are increasing exponentially, with online crooks and con-artists seeking to lure unwary victims by posing ...

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