Instagram's New Co-Watching Feature Promotes Social Distancing Among Other Updates

With COVID-19, colloquially referred to as the coronavirus, taking the world by storm, people are starting to worry about how they are going to survive. Even if you are not going to look into ways in which you would end up getting infected because of the fact that you are not worried about this sort crisis, a lot of countries in the world are going on lockdown and this is ending up making it so that you are isolated during a quarantine period, something that might just make it so that you would feel trapped in your own home.

The biggest problem associated with things like social distancing and quarantines is that you won’t really be able to figure out a way in which you would be able to make the most of things until and unless you are able to hang out with your friends and a big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that human beings are social animals that need to be part of a group. This is leading to feelings of loneliness among people which can be a huge issue.

Luckily for the people that are quarantined, Instagram has just released a new feature that is surely going to help you out quite a bit. This feature is being called “Co-Watching”, and the way this works is that you would be able to video call people so that you can talk to them while you are browsing through the various Instagram posts that are forming a part of your feed, something that can be a ritual that people do with friends and that they might feel like they are missing out on at this current point in time all in all.

With Co-Watching you can save posts or look at a recommended feed once you have started the video chat with your friends, and the way in which you can access this feature is by going into the direct messaging section of the app where you would find the feature available for you to use now that it has been widely rolled out by the social media platform in order to make its users lives a bit easier.

This is not the only update that Instagram has made in order to help out with the current pandemic that the world is facing in a really big way. Instagram along with its parent company Facebook has been working hard to combat things like the kind of misinformation that tends to go around whenever pandemic like this occurs. Social media is a really important place for people to look into finding information but the truth of the situation is that a lot of the information you are going to see is going to be false and so the companies behind these platforms are starting to look into ways in which they can stem the spread of misinformation as much as possible.

Some of the things that the platform is working on include a sticker that encourages people to stay at home which is definitely important if we want this virus to end up going away, and the fact of the matter is that there is an alert that you would see from the World Health Organization whenever you make a search.

Keeping People Informed, Safe, and Supported on Instagram

A reporting system has also been put in place, one that has the potential to really help make misinformation go away by giving users the chance to report it if they find that it does not provide the right kinds of information.
"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-party-fact checkers.", announced IG team in a press release.   
"Finally, when people report content to us, we’ll let them know that we will prioritize those instances that have the greatest potential ​to harm our community so we can keep our reviewers safe by having them stay home.", announced Instagram

These are just some of the ways in which Instagram is helping people out and it is heartening to see a company try so hard in situations such as this one.

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