Since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency in January, Instagram has taken steps to help people access accurate information, stay safe, and stay connected.
Instagram Is Rolling Out Several Updates in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
The updates include more educational materials, more additional stickers to promote accurate information. They will also launch a new browsing format with friends over video chat. Instagram will also be creating a shared story to help those practicing social distancing connect with others using a stay at home sticker embed on their Instagram feed.
Instagram twitter: This week we added a COVID-19 section to our Donation sticker so you can find related nonprofits more easily. We’re also making the sticker available in additional countries.
here is announcing additional updates:
- Including more educational resources in Instagram Search
- Adding stickers to promote accurate information
- Removing COVID-19 accounts from recommendations, unless posted by a credible health organization
- Rolling out the donation sticker in more countries and helping people find relevant nonprofits to support
- Creating a shared story to help those practicing social distancing connect with others, using a “Stay Home” sticker
- Launching a new way to browse Instagram with friends over video chat
People who search for information related to the coronavirus or COVID-19 will start to see an educational message. connecting them to resources from the World Health Organization and local health ministries. We are working quickly to make this available globally over the coming weeks” according to the Instagram blog.
Instagram revealed a host of updates related to the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, highlighted by the rollout of Co-Watching, which enables people to view posts on the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network together while they are video chatting.
Additionally, To help people stay connected, Instagram has launched media sharing a new feature that will allow you to view Instagram posts together with your friends over video chat. You can start a video chat by tapping the video chat icon in the Direct inbox. Or in an existing Direct thread, then view saved, liked and suggested photos/videos by tapping the photo icon in an ongoing video chat.
And Instagram says it is ‘working quickly to make this available globally over the coming weeks.’
‘We will also start to downrank content in feed and Stories that has been rated false by third-party-fact checkers,’ the photo-sharing platform added.
The move comes a week after Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a phone press conference from the comfort of his home Wednesday to announce the firm’s new ‘Coronavirus Information Center.’
The hub will appear at the top of users’ Feeds with authoritative information from organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the CDC.
The move comes a week after Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a phone press conference from the comfort of his home Wednesday to announce the firm’s new ‘Coronavirus Information Center’
‘The top priority for us has been making sure people can get access to good trustworthy information about the outbreak from reliable sources,’ Zuckerberg said during the call.
‘During a pandemic we are seeing hoaxes convincing people who are sick not to get treatment or protect people around them.’
‘We’ve seen one hoax that encourages people if you’re sick to drink bleach to cure it.
‘That’s terrible, that’s going to cause imminent harm.’
Instagram launched a “Stay Home” sticker. Any accounts you follow who use the sticker will be added to a shared Instagram story, allowing you to see how others are practicing social distancing at this time.
Users can add a new “Stay Home” sticker to stories to show others how they’re spending their time while social distancing. Those who use the sticker will have their stories added to a shared story, which lets other users view all stories with the “Stay Home” sticker in one place.
The “Stay Home” sticker is currently available for everyone to use on either iOS or Android.
Here are some ideas for how to best use the new sticker:
- Professionals: Show your followers some work-from-home tips to maximize productivity and adapt to a new working environment.
- Parents: Show how you’re adapting to having your kids home from school and offer tips to other parents.
- Fitness enthusiasts: With gyms closed around the nation, this is an opportunity to share at-home fitness tips with others.
- Freelancers: Do you work from home on a regular basis? Great! Share what you’ve learned so others can benefit from your experience.
Of course, you can use the sticker however you want. Those are just a few ideas off the top of my head.
Speaking of stickers, Instagram is adding other helpful stickers that include reminders to wash hands and maintain a safe distance from other people.
The “Stay Home” sticker is available now, and other COVID-19 stickers will be available in the coming days.