Covid-19

Regardless of the coronavirus epidemic, the entire planet is facing one of the most stressful moments, with several countries adopting full or partial lockdown. Nevertheless, social networking apps have come of age during these difficult times and have served as an important tool to support mankind's attempts to fight the deadly virus.

Updated: Jun 09, 2020 09:23 IST

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Niranjani Jesentha Kumari P

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Tags: Social Tech
Covid-19

Social Networking Apps in the Battle of Covid-19

The social networking players have made concerted efforts on their part to account for the millions of relevant details. The development illustrates how respectfully the influence of wide scope can be practiced. Here are some of the leading social networking devices in the world that have led to improving the battle against the novel virus: 

Facebook

Social media giant Facebook has launched a dedicated 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Centre', which claims to serve "all the info" about the pandemic "in one place". The Facebook Information Centre has updates from health organizations/authorities such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, tips on keeping ourselves and people around us safe and resources that can come to our rescue in any eventuality. Apart from catering links and information from government offices/ministries and other authorities, Facebook is also helping people with 'ways to deal with staying at home'. The platform is further helping the WHO raise funds for the purpose.

Likee

The leading short video platform, which has been adjudged the sixth most downloaded social media app globally by Sensor Tower, has taken several initiatives to raise awareness about the novel virus, starting with the launch of a dashboard powered by data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Apart from coming up with relevant hashtags, Likee also backed the Indian government's call for social distancing by spreading the message on television channels during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's televised address announcing the lockdown extension. Also, the app collaborated with cricketer Yuvraj Singh-backed doorstep healthcare provider Healthians to hold a series of live interactive sessions wherein doctors and other healthcare professionals addressed queries and clarified doubts related to the virus.

Twitter

The microblogging site is focusing on providing country-specific information on the pandemic to its users. In its bid to keep a check on fake news, Twitter is offering an option to directly surf through tweets from Indian authorities, including the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Even before logging in, Twitterati can switch to the 'COVID-19 LIVE' section. On the top is a featured video of Prime Minister Modi's address to the nation announcing the extension of national lockdown till May 3. Other Twitter handles that have been included in the list are authorities such as the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), public broadcaster All India Radio News, all ministers of Union Cabinet, and representatives of different state governments. The focus is also on promoting hashtags by authorities, including the WHO.

Instagram

The photo/video sharing app has kept its focus on advocating social distancing and self-isolation. One of the most remarkable steps taken by the app is banning search for COVID-19 AR effects, as it manifests the seriousness in Instagram's approach over the issue. Notably, Instagram had faced the ire of many at the beginning for the same. The app has also tweaked its algorithm to ensure that COVID-19 information from relevant sources appears on the top of its feed. These sources include the WHO and the health ministries of different countries. Besides, the app is encouraging its users to remain in their homes, and for the purpose, they have rolled out stay home stickers and introduced a tool to browse Instagram together with friends over video chat.

 

Covid-19- FAQ

1. What is all about Facebook Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Centre?

Social media giant Facebook has launched a dedicated 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Centre', which claims to serve "all the info" about the pandemic "in one place". The Facebook Information Centre has updates from health organizations/authorities such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, tips on keeping ourselves and people around us safe and resources that can come to our rescue in any eventuality.