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Instagram rolls out new features to help combat Covid-19 misinformation

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Instagram announces two new features to help fight COVID-19 misinformation: users will see a connection at the top of their feed to their local health authority in areas with emerging cases, and those looking for vaccine information will now be led to reputable sources of health.

In addition to the social network banning hashtags containing vaccine misinformation, which were also stated in announcement tweets, these steps will be taken.

As health institutions cope with record hospitalizations and the first of the approved COVID-19 vaccines begin to roll out the characteristics come as several platform companies take measures to prevent coronavirus misinformation from spreading at a critical time for the US.

Facebook, the parent company of Instagram for now, has rolled out its own misinformation-fighting feature, sending alerts to users if they have interacted with posts containing it.

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YouTube has started inserting cards below the pandemic posts, connecting the same organizations that Instagram uses as examples to sources such as the CDC and WHO.

More recently, Twitter has also announced that it would delete disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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