After Facebook and Twitter, Instagram has also announced that it is working to keep users updated on the Corona virus outbreak while ensuring they only get notified with credible information. With the excess of fake news spreading like fire on the platform, this is a wise move.
Instagram has said that its aim is to remove any misinformation regarding the virus and maintain utmost accuracy in the updates. If users tap on a hashtag related to Corona virus, they can now see links to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other relevant authorities.
Instagram has also been removing and blocking any hashtags that are spreading false information, which appears to be a similar move by Facebook on banning ads that were spreading misinformation.
In an attempt to direct users to authentic information, Insta has also started to highlight accounts of top health organizations of the world in search results as well for anyone searching for coronavirus related terms.
The role that major social media platforms are playing to restrict misinformation and control panic among their users is applaudable.
Given Instagram's popularity, the efforts by the platform to keep users away from misleading information and unnecessary hoax were much needed and will surely make a difference.