Instagram Co-Watching lets you browse with friends from your own home
Back in January, Facebook announced they would be removing false claims and conspiracy theories about the virus.
If you haven't noticed by now, searching for the terms relating to the virus brings up information from the World Health Organization. On top of that, information regarding updates on the outbreak are being pushed to the top of everyone's feed.
In January, they also said they would be temporarily banning ads and sale listings for medical face masks. CNBC reports part of that measure is aiming at preventing people from price gouging necessary medical supplies that are already in a shortage.
Beyond that, a new educational alert from WHO will appear at the top of search bars. Verifiable health information from authorities is being promoted while removal of misinformation is becoming more aggressive.
According to The Verge, an Instagram spokesperson says posts that aren't cleared by third-party fact checkers are being removed from the Explore feature as well as appearing in hashtag searches.
“If posts are rated false by third-party-fact checkers, we remove them from Explore and hashtag pages,” the spokesperson says in a statement to The Verge. “We also remove false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities as having the potential to cause harm to people who believe them.”
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