Since the coronavirus began to spread around the world, Instagram has been taking steps to insure their users stay informed and connected. In a blog post, Instagram announced new initiatives they are taking in light of the current pandemic. The social networking platform announced new ways to connect with friends over video chat, educational resources and a shared story, using a “Stay Home” sticker, to help those practicing social distancing.
To help people stay connected Instagram has launched media sharing, a new feature that allows users to view posts together 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 you can view saved, liked and suggested photos and videos by tapping the photo icon in the bottom left corner in an ongoing video chat.
Instagram has also launched a “Stay Home” sticker. Any accounts you follow that use the sticker will be added to a shard Instagram story, allowing you to connect with friends practicing social distancing.
Over the past few weeks they have also added an educational alert at the top of the feed for countries affected by COVID-19. The notice includes reliable resources from expert health organizations. In addition, they have been highlighting resources from these organizations when people view related hashtags. Instagram is also removing posts that spread misinformation about COVID-19.
Instagram will continue monitoring the situation and regularly share updates.