Data-Algorithms Are Being Used on Social Media to Track Covid-19 Impact
It’s not a far fetched idea to think that our social connectedness is going to be beneficial in keeping everyone safe during the outbreak of Covid-19.
As everyone is currently under strict orders to distance themselves from one another, social media will only become more popular. It also seems to be helping in the fight against the pandemic. In some good news, according to Forbes:
“Social media has been an instrumental component of the data algorithms being used to track COVID-19′s global impact. According to recent data from Hootsuite Insights, powered by Brandwatch, in just one month the term “coronavirus” surpassed over 19 million Twitter mentions in the United States.”
Also, the data science that is on social media could do more than just help track the spread of the disease. Used properly, social media will help alert users of potential dangers as many platforms have already included a feature to learn about official information just by clicking a button which has been implemented by Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok.
Instagram is currently testing a new option. The new feature will allow users to share their Instagram live streams directly to IGTV as soon as the stream ends. Instagram’s always looking for ways to promote IGTV, so this new option does not come as a surprise.
Re sharing directly to IGTV will not only make it more popular, but it will also help users maximize their content library. Hopefully as more experiment with the new option, accounts will also see a boost in engagement.
TikTok Being Investigated For Hiding Profiles Of People Deemed Ugly, Poor, Disabled
The video-sharing app TikTok with hundreds of millions of users around the world and growing every day, instructed their extensive team of moderators to suppress posts created by users deemed too ugly, poor, or disabled for the platform, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept.
In these attempts to bolster its image as the hottest thing in social media, TikTok has run into some very serious problems. The moderator’s extensive control on these platforms is usually to ensure that of the companies mission statement:
“TikTok’s mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. We remove all expressions of abuse & we do not allow sexually explicit or gratifying content on TikTok”. However, it seems that they also can dictate what content should prosper over others.
In trying to achieve the near impossible which is having a platform that is preferred by the younger generation TikTok has proven that it can be a difficult road. For the most part there are some absolutely amazing, funny, and entertaining content on the platform.
Some of our favorite content creators have pages dedicated to cooking, extreme sports, and almost every major sports team have joined in on the trend. If they can follow regulations and guidelines then TikTok will certainly continue to grow.
In light of the most recent events, Facebook is allowing more access to local alerts. The goal of this update is to help local authorities better communicate important information with their communities. Facebook explains:
“As COVID-19 has spread in the US, local governments have used Facebook to share critical information with their communities about this fast-evolving situation. Because of the increasing need to get timely and accurate information to local communities, we’re expanding access to Facebook local alerts to even more municipal governments, state and local emergency response organizations and law enforcement agencies.”
Facebook launched Local Alerts back in 2018. The feature helps provide another way to share relevant news in feeds. State and local health agencies will also now have access to the feature amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.