Facebook and Instagram to remind users to wear face mask with prompt message
Facebook has announced to add a message at the top of Instagram and Facebook feed to remind users to wear a face mask. This alert will encourage people to cover their mouth and nose when they step out of their houses. It will be visible at the top of the news feed and include prevention tips, CDC.gov link and link to COVID-19 Information Center.
The move comes at a time when the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been surging at an alarming rate in India, the United States and other parts of the world.
"With the rise in COVID-19 cases in the US, we’re putting an alert at the top of @facebookapp and @instagram to remind everyone to wear face coverings and find more prevention tips from the CDC in our COVID-19 Information Center. #WearAMask" noted tech giant in a tweet while announcing the new feature.
The reminder would look like this on Facebook and Instagram app. It would read, "Wear a Cloth Face Covering to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 When in public, cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."
This message will start appearing in the U.S on both Instagram and Facebook applications and is expected to go live in other markets as well in the coming days.
Facebook is separately working on to bring a new video-making app called Reels with features similar to the one seen on TikTok, which has been banned alongside 58 other Chinese apps in India.
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