Nikol Szymul operates a reception in the Amazon offices discreetly hidden in a building called Fiona in downtown Seattle, Washington, May 11, 2017.
Amazon searches for “coronavirus”, “COVID-19”, “n95 mask” and other coronavirus-related content now show a warning that directs users to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The notice, which appears at the top of the product search results, includes a link for users “to learn more about coronavirus protection measures”. Instruct users to visit the CDC website for more information on disease prevention and treatment.
Here’s what the warning looks like:
The move comes as the coronavirus continues to spread. At least 2,764 people died of the disease, while the total confirmed cases rose to over 81,000. Most confirmed cases are located in China, but the disease has spread rapidly over the past week through South Korea, Iran and Italy.
Amazon has also cracked down on advertisements on its market that claim to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Last week, he sent e-mails to third-party vendors stating that he would delete lists that claimed to be a treatment, cure or remedy for coronavirus. Among the products he removed were lists for a surgical mask and spray disinfectant, although sellers were able to restore their lists after removing unapproved medical claims.
Other tech companies have also taken steps to remove disinformation about the virus. Facebook has said it will remove the content with “false claims or conspiracy theories” about coronavirus, while Google has launched a search results page with resources from the World Health Organization (WHO). Twitter added a label linking to the CDC when “coronavirus” users.
Last week, CNBC reported that Amazon was one of several technology giants who met with WHO in the offices of Menlo Park, California, to discuss how to stop coronavirus disinformation on their platforms.