So, another forum user mentioned today about how Fiverr is taking a stance against Covid-19 related gigs. They also referenced a Vice news article that seems to confirm this.
A Fiverr spokesperson told Motherboard in an email, “During the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, we took swift action to ensure any illegitimate gigs with words related to COVID-19, including the sale of masks and healing, were denied. At these sensitive times, we are cautious regarding all COVID-19 related services and we continue to actively monitor the site to catch and remove any services that may get through our filters. However, there are some legitimate exceptions i.e. gigs related to the current demand for custom at-home fitness plans, cooking lessons, and online music lessons. We are looking into how these specific gigs made it through our checks and filters.”
This is fine and to a point commendable. However, it would be better for all sellers if there were some concrete Fiverr Covid-19 guidelines for gigs.
For context, I have lost count of how many emails and letters I have received from companies I have worked with or bought something from in the past, letting me know how they are dealing with Covid-19.
My business brain says that there could, therefore, be a market for things like business related Covid-19 press releases. I even saw a video today from a retail firm showing what social distancing rules consumers need to follow when in-store. - Things like that are another potential sales opportunity. (If you can create that kind of content.)
Naturally, I am aware that trying to profit off a crisis is considered a major faux pas. However, there is a big difference between attempting to profit off of a crisis and providing services that people and businesses need in times of crisis.
In this case, can we have some official guidelines pinned here in the forum and possibly emailed out to all Fiverr users? Not everyone uses the forum or reads Vice news every day.
In the very least, an official outline of what is considered a ‘legitimate’ service would be helpful.