A ton of information related to the Coronavirus outbreak comes to the public via online resources like social media, news sites, etc. Doing its part, Instagram has released a bunch of new updates aimed at making it easy for users to access correct information about COVID-19 on its platform.
Some of the main changes include:
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.
Users who search for coronavirus or COVID-19 terms on Instagram will now see educational messages connecting them to resources from the World Health Organization and local health ministries. To reduce the spread of misinformation, COVID-19 accounts have been removed from account recommendations and it also will downrank content in feed and Stories that has been rated false by third-party-fact checkers.
There are new stickers like donation stickers for countries, a COVID-19 section, reminders to wash your hands, distance yourself from others and more.
And finally, Instagram has improved video chat with new features like a button to view saved, liked and suggested photos/videos by tapping the photo icon in the bottom left corner in an ongoing video chat.