As the nation begins to slowly reopen, we can expect to see big changes to the way we’ll now interact, shop, and dine. Social Media is no exception; things have undoubtedly changed over the course of our COVID-19 isolation, and will forever be altered.
Take Instagram, for example. With more than 100 million users, the social media giant will be adding a new tool to help distribute important information in the post-quarantine age. Instagram will now feature Stories from official health organizations higher in your feed. This is a way to help increase the distribution of information about critical COVID-19 updates and procedures.
Keep in mind, this only relates to health organizations that you follow, so it won’t increase the reach of COVID-19 related messages across the board. For those that use Instagram to stay updated, this new feature makes it a little easier to sort through the massive amounts of content you’ll see on a daily basis.
WhatsApp, a mobile application used for chat communications, is also launching new tools to help cut back on the spread of COVID-19 misinformation. The popular communication app hopes these new features will stop misleading reports and puts new limits on “message forwarding” and Google search prompts in-stream.
They’re also partnering with Poynter Institute, a leading resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens through Journalism, on a new fact-checking bot. It will provide answers on more than 4,000 hoaxes within seconds. The new bot will utilize information supplied by over 100 independent fact-checkers, in more than 70 countries.
Did you know that WhatsApp is the 5th most downloaded app on Android devices?
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