- With the surge in numbers of coronavirus cases, Facebook and Instagram will remind users to wear masks.
- Users will see alerts at the top of News Feeds on Facebook, Instagram that will direct them to the COVID-19 information center.
- The development will first take place in the US and is likely to expand in the future.
Facebook will remind its users to wear masks by putting alerts at the top of feeds on Facebook and Instagram, starting in the United States and is likely to expand in the future.
As for now users in the US will see alerts at the top of News Feeds on Facebook that will direct them to the COVID-19 information center, with links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information. Instagram will have a similar feature at the top of the news feed.
"With the rise in COVID-19 cases in the US, we're putting an alert at the top of Facebook and Instagram to remind everyone to wear face coverings," Facebook said in a statement.
Facebook has also taken the initiative to curb misinformation related to coronavirus. It mentioned that it was sharing credible information on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Facebook also prohibits the sale of masks, hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, and COVID 19 kits through exploitative tactics.
Twitter has been long criticised for not giving an edit button for the posted tweets. The micro blogging website, in a latest tweet, said: "You can have an edit button when everyone wears a mask." Twitter has done so in a friendly manner to foster awareness for wearing masks during novel coronavirus situation. Earlier this year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had said the company would probably never introduce the feature as it may cause users to spread misinformation.
Twitter, too, in order to curb misinformation is "using and improving on internal systems to proactively monitor content related to COVID-19." In a statement, Twitter had said that it will continue to introduce new labels to provide context around different types of unverified claims and rumors.
Currently, the US has the highest number of coronavirus cases around the world. As of Friday, the number of total cases in the country was a little over 2.8 million. Many protestors in the US have defied social distancing not wearing masks challenging its effectiveness.
In other news, Facebook has purged around 5000 apps that accessed user's data despite being inactive for over 90 days.
In 2018, Facebook had announced that apps will not be able to access user's information if they were inactive for 90 days or more.
"We haven't seen evidence that this issue resulted in sharing information that was inconsistent with the permissions people gave when they logged in using Facebook," Facebook said in a statement.
Facebook will require developers to be accountable for how they use data as part of an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). As per Facebook, the new terms will limit the data developers to share with third parties.