Social media plays its part: Steps in to prevent misinformation about coronavirus

Following the announcement made by Facebook to ban facemask ads and Twitter (along with all other major tech companies) asking its employees to work from home to avoid exposure – Instagram has also stepped in to share accurate details and updates regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The coronavirus is a contagious respiratory illness that spreads via secretions from coughing, sneezing, and even touching infected objects. Initiated in the Wuhan district of China, the disease has spread rapidly to over 90 countries, with more than 109,000 cases.

World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), government officials, and health authorities all over the world are working on ways to spread knowledge regarding the release while also working on ways to curb its spread.

Unfortunately, the internet is giving bad actors a medium to spread misleading posts about the virus – enhancing the apprehension amongst the world population.

However, different social media networks are working on ways to improve the accuracy of the content that is circulated on their platform.

Similar to others, Instagram also announced that it is working to remove misleading information related to the coronavirus. Additionally, Instagram is also displaying the accounts of prominent health organizations in all searches related to coronavirus.

Facebook and Instagram have also announced a ban on ads that are selling medical face masks to avoid coronavirus.

Professional networking channel, LinkedIn is also giving updates on coronavirus in their dashboard. Similarly, Pinterest is also listing custom search results for coronavirus to combat fake news on its platfrom.

Social media platforms play a pivotal role in spreading news and information. So far, they are doing a decent job of educating their users and ensuring that misinformation is not spread through their respective networks.

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