Social media platform Facebook is reminding users to wear masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic by putting an alert on its website and users’ Instagram feeds.
Various parts of the country and the world are seeing spikes in new COVID-19 cases. Some states that had initiated reopening measures are now closing restaurants and bars.
“With the rise in COVID-19 cases in the US, we’re putting an alert at the top of Facebook and Instagram to remind everyone to wear face coverings and find more prevention tips from the CDC in our COVID-19 Information Center,” Facebook wrote in a blog post. Additionally, the social media website company updates the blog post regularly with new efforts that they try to implement.
On June 10th, Facebook said it was removing an earlier ban on ads and commerce listings for masks. The website is doing so “to help protect against scams, misleading medical claims, medical supply shortages, inflated prices and hoarding.”
Fox Business reported that Facebook has implemented several measures to keep its users informed about the COVID-19 pandemic. An example of this is when users search for information related to the disease. The site will present information from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization first, as reported by Fox Business.
It will also either label or remove posts that violate its policies against spreading false information.