In light of the current events in the world because of COVID-19 which is spreading worldwide, fake news and rumors are the main news that is spread which led citizens to panic.
The internet is the way global news is spread so it is important to consider publishing the right news and eliminating the fake ones.
To limit the rapid spread of fake information and rumors about the COVID-19, social media platforms have taken actions to reduce the misinformation.
On grounds of the spread of coronavirus worldwide, social media platforms such as Facebook have taken actions and steps to prevent spreading misleading information about the pandemic.
Facebook; Instagram’s parent company, authorized WHO unlimited free ads as part of the fight against the pandemic. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also pledged to work with other health organizations around the world to provide timely and accurate information to users. As well as rejecting information that “claims to predict, diagnose, treat, or cure coronavirus”.
Not only social media platforms but also tech firms such as Google, Apple, and others contributing and making people aware of COVID-19.
The photos and videos sharing application; Instagram, has turned to a news source due to coronavirus pandemic.
How does it work? By showing coronavirus prevention tips up top on the user’s feed.
On March 13th, Instagram announced new measures meant to hold back the spread of misinformation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). One of these steps is cracking down on AR effects related to the virus.
“We will no longer allow people to search for COVID-19 related AR effects on Instagram unless they were developed in partnership with a recognized health organization. This is part of our ongoing effort to better connect people with credible health information” Instagram said.
However, the only news that will show up on your newsfeed is coronavirus-related information from trusted sources – the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health organizations. According to Instagram, this information will show up at the top of the user’s feed in some territories.