Coronavirus: Instagram rolls out new features for people staying at home

Coronavirus: Instagram rolls out new features for people staying at home
Instagram, an American photo and video-sharing social networking service, has introduced slew of features to help people stay connected and support relief efforts amid coronavirus outbreak.

One of the most flaunting features for people staying at home is Co-Watching that allows users to view Instagram posts together with their 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 the bottom left corner in an ongoing video chat,” the tech giant said in a statement.

To give people more ways to give back at this time, Instagram added a new COVID-19 section to its Donation sticker so people can quickly identify relevant nonprofits. It announced to make the sticker available in other countries.

In addition to promoting credible information throughout the app, the Facebook owned firm is making several changes to reduce the spread of misinformation.

“We’ll remove COVID-19 accounts from account recommendations, and we are working to remove some COVID-19 related content from Explore, unless posted by a credible health organization. We will also start to downrank content in feed and Stories that has been rated false by third-part-fact checkers.”

It further added that if posts are rated false by third-party-fact checkers, the company will remove them from Explore and hashtag pages.