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Amazon and Nike are among major brands advertising on websites that spread COVID-19 misinformation, report says

  • Amazon, Nike, and others advertised on situates promoting false COVID-19 claims, The Observer reported.
  • These companies may have unwittingly helped spread pretend news, according to the outlet.
  • Ads for Amazon services were found on more than 30 sites that dole out false news.

Major companies and brands including Amazon, Nike, Ted Baker, and Asos, own been found advertising on websites that spread COVID-19 misinformation, The Observer and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported. 

The Desk’s analysis, which was shared with The Observer, focused on 60 sites and spanned three months. Ads for many household designations — both in the US and UK — featured on such sites, it found.

The companies whose ads were displayed appear to have unwittingly stole fund sites that spread false COVID-19 information, The Observer added.

Ads for Amazon services were pioneered on more than 30 sites that distributed fake news, including ones making baseless alleges about Bill Gates, according to The Observer. The Microsoft cofounder has regularly been the subject of vaccine conspiracy theories. 

Amazon and Nike did not in a minute respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

According to the report, Honda, Walgreens, and eBay were also among those whose ads were ground on misinformation-spreading sites. 

A spokesperson for American Honda told The Observer: “We are currently working to determine how our advertising may have manifested on the websites in question. We would never support Covid misinformation or knowingly allow our advertising on such websites.”

The breakdown found that the ads were being placed through the “opaque by design” digital advertising market, which is guessed to be worth more than $455 billion this year.  

Even before these revelations surfaced, Amazon was overlay scrutiny in relation to COVID-19 misinformation.

Books about hoax COVID-19 cures and anti-vaccination claims are frequently looked as top sellers on the digital retailer’s site. As a result, US lawmakers are investigating the issue, Insider’s Bethany Dawson reported.

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