Friday Social: Coronavirus Emoji, Instagram Filter Ban and Facebook Filters
Among the Coronavirus news which has no doubt affected us all, we’re still forging ahead with the #FridaySocial – a weekly round-up of the key social media news stories from the previous seven days. Let us know your thoughts in the comments or via Twitter – @Umpf
Social media has been flooded with news, advice, opinions, memes and more, but one particular approach caught our eye on Twitter.
To encourage people to wash their hands properly, when users type certain hashtags, Twitter automatically generates a handwash emoji:
.@TwitterUK have created a new emoji to encourage hand washing.
— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) March 14, 2020
Keep washing your hands, people!
Instagram Bans COVID-19 Filters
Instagram has been taking steps to try and control content related to COVID-19 by banning searches for AR effects related to the virus.
— Geoff D. (@Geoffdx) March 17, 2020
The app has also attempted to remove ‘harmful misinformation’ and where possible redirects users to reliable resources such as the World Health Organization and the CDC.
We will no longer allow people to search for COVID-19 related AR effects on Instagram, unless they were developed in partnership with a recognized health organization. This is part of our ongoing effort to better connect people with credible health information.
— Instagram Comms (@InstagramComms) March 13, 2020
Twitter Tackles Misinformation
In a bid to tackle some of the more dangerous misinformation spreading across social media, Twitter announced it will expand its safety rules, meaning users would be required to remove any content containing anything that denies expert guidance, encourages people to use fake or ineffective treatments, preventions, and diagnostic techniques, or pretends to be from experts or authorities.
Update: we’re expanding our safety rules to include content that could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19.
Now, we will require people to remove Tweets that include the following:
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) March 18, 2020
Facebook Spam Filter Issues
Facebook was having issues earlier this week when its news feed spam filter seemingly removed legitimate posts, including posts about Coronavirus.
We're on this – this is a bug in an anti-spam system, unrelated to any changes in our content moderator workforce. We're in the process of fixing and bringing all these posts back. More soon.
— Guy Rosen (@guyro) March 17, 2020
The company said the issue wasn’t specifically related to COVID-19, and attributed the removals to an automated system. All of the affected posts have since been restored.
We’ve restored all the posts that were incorrectly removed, which included posts on all topics – not just those related to COVID-19. This was an issue with an automated system that removes links to abusive websites, but incorrectly removed a lot of other posts too.
— Guy Rosen (@guyro) March 18, 2020
This week in TikTok
Yesterday it was announced that TikTok will donate $3m to After-School All-Stars – a charity founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger – to help provide food for families affected by school closures due to Coronavirus in the USA.
A statement said families in 60 cities would receive food vouchers and gift cards which can be spent on food and other essentials at local grocery stores.
— TikTok (@tiktok_us) March 19, 2020
And here are a couple of light-hearted TikToks we’ve been enjoying this week:
1) The Cardi B snippet that’s going viral:
This video of Cardi saying “Coronavirus” has 1.2 million likes on TikTok! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9sbQMb7rUc
— Ring-fan account (@RingOnMyPhone) March 18, 2020
2) The cutest Corgi catching some kip:
— Officer Daddo (@officerdaddo) March 14, 2020