Instagram launched a tool that makes scrolling through photos more socially attractive, at a time when users need it most.
The social networking platform announced "Co-Watching" on Tuesday, and the update allows users to view Instagram content with their friends via video chat. The measure was created to help users feel more connected, as the coronavirus leads more people to temporary social isolation.
To start the feature, you must start video chat with a friend and tap the photo icon at the bottom of the screen. A list of posts you’ve liked recently will be populated and you’ll be able to choose which ones will appear during the chat.
It's like organizing a virtual party for photos and videos posted on Instagram.
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Co-observation came as part of an effort to combat coronavirus misinformation from spreading on Instagram.
The Facebook-owned app also added an educational alert at the top of the search results, which connects users with information from World Health Organization resources. And the company added stickers that promote verifiable information from health authorities.
A sticker called "Stay at home" encourages people to avoid crowded places.
Instagram is also taking down posts that spread lies about COVID-19.
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