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6 Instagram Updates to Keep Users Safe and Connected

Published by Itnewsafrica on Sat, 28 Mar 2020


Facebook-owned Instagram is taking a few extra steps (six to be exact) to ensure that its users are well-informed, connected and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.This move comes hot-on-the-heels of the companys decision to join Google, Twitter, Reddit and others in an attempt to protect their users from coronavirus-related misinformation.Instagram says that it will remove COVID-19 accounts from account recommendations, and is are working to remove some COVID-19 related content from Explore, unless posted by a credible health organization. It will also start to downrank content in feed and Stories that has been rated false by third-party-fact checkers.Other Instagram updates include:Showcasing more educational resources in Instagram SearchAdding stickers to promote accurate informationRemoving COVID-19 accounts from recommendations, unless posted by a credible health organizationRolling out the donation sticker in more countries and helping people find relevant nonprofits to supportCreating a shared story to help those practising social distancing connect with others, using a 'Stay Home' stickerLaunching a new way to browse Instagram with friends over video chatInstagram wants people who for information related to the coronavirus or COVID-19 on Instagram to see an educational message connecting them to resources from the World Health Organization and local health ministries.Edited byJenna DelportFollowJenna Delporton TwitterFollowIT News Africaon Twitter
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