In battle against misinformation, Amazon bans products claiming to kill coronavirus

Amazon has issued notices to its third-party sellers explaining that it will remove listings for products that claim to treat or cure coronavirus, according to one such emailed notice obtained by CNBC.

In the email, Amazon notified a seller that one of their products had been removed from the online marketplace due to "unapproved medical marketing claims regarding coronavirus or the flu." The company reportedly said it will consider reinstating removed listings if the unapproved claims are deleted.

According to CNBC, the tech giant has yet to completely rid its platform of false claims: Several disinfectant sprays and cleaners that claim in their descriptions to "kill coronavirus" are reportedly still available for purchase. Amazon did not respond to CNBC's request for comment.

Amazon's notice comes shortly after the company joined several other tech giants in a meeting with the World Health Organization to brainstorm ways to limit the spread of misinformation about the disease on their platforms. The daylong meeting also included leaders from Google, Salesforce, Twitter and YouTube, and was hosted at Facebook's headquarters.

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