Facebook and Instagram will now remind users to wear a mask. The company’s new alert function will appear on its news feeds to urge people to follow guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The alert will appear at the top of news feeds on Facebook and Instagram, along with a link that will take users to the COVID-19 Information Center as well as the CDC website.
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 pic.twitter.com/lD29oACjoB
— Facebook (@Facebook) July 2, 2020
The alerts have already been rolled out in the US, and will soon expand to other countries, reports Business Insider.
This move follows the rise in COVID-19 cases in the United States. The country recently set a record for the highest amount of new cases in a single day after recording 50 000 new cases on Wednesday, July 7. The US has the world’s most confirmed cases with 3 097 538 cases since March. The country now has 1 608 023 active cases, 1 355 524 recoveries, 133 991 deaths.
The CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household to help reduce the spread of the virus, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
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