Meta, with the help of Cofepris, eliminates publications that disseminate unauthorized drugs against Covid-19

Meta, who recently was called Facebook, eliminated 11,200 publications in the last 90 days for spreading advertising and buying and selling of medical devices that do not have authorization, this derived from the work carried out in conjunction with the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris).

To strengthen the joint strategy focused on detecting and eliminating content related to advertising and the sale of medical devices that do not have authorization, a specialized team from the Cofepris dedicated to digital monitoring reports to Meta the breaches of sanitary regulations that it finds, such as the case of advertising products with unproven therapeutic attributions and misleading food supplements.

In a joint statement, Meta detailed that the sale of unregulated drugs, including medical products or treatments that claim to prevent or cure Covid-19, is not allowed in social networks of the company.

He indicated that in order to detect and eliminate content that violates its policies, the company relies on proactive detection technology, a team of more than 40,000 security specialists, user reports and collaboration with organizations and institutions such as Cofepris.

Cited in the text, the head of the Cofepris Sanitary Operation Commission, Bertha Alcalde Luján, explained that “verification actions on social networks and the internet are a priority, since they allow complementing the surveillance activities carried out in the field by federal verifiers and expand the capacities for detecting health risks ”.

On the other hand, the head of Cofepris celebrated the creation of the Cofepris Digital Health Surveillance Center, which will have among its objectives to strengthen monitoring and video inspections.

For his part, the Manager of Public Policies of Meta for Mexico, Solomon Woldenberg Esperón, stressed that the work done by the company in conjunction with Cofepris has had great relevance during the pandemicThis is due to the emerging needs that the health crisis has generated.

“The Commission’s reports have allowed us to expand our integrity efforts, better understand the way in which those who seek to take advantage of an emergency operate and act in a timely manner on infringing content, pages and profiles,” said Salomón Woldenberg.

Meta and Cofepris recommendations to avoid online fraud

In the statement, Meta and Cofepris developed a series of recommendations to prevent people from being victims of online fraud due to the sale of drugs or unregulated medical services. The recommendations are:

  • Report the sale of alleged drugs or unregulated medical services, including treatments that claim to cure or prevent Covid-19, to Meta and making a complaint to Cofepris.
  • Be suspicious of Facebook pages and Instagram profiles that claim to represent large companies, but are not verified with a blue badge.
  • Be careful with accounts or people that lead to an off-platform site. If they do, always double check the URL.
  • Avoid purchasing products that are advertised without an identifiable Cofepris advertising authorization number.

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