People who spend their time quarantined or self-isolated at their homes tend to watch Facebook and Instagram Live more than usual, as the number of video group calls sky-rocketed over the past few days.
Coronavirus affected the ways most of us spend our free time – We had to adapt and change the way we socialize and keep in touch with the outside world.
Consequences Of COVID-19 In The Online Realm
Social media already saw the impact of the wave of people who stormed online services to keep in touch.
Mark Zuckerberg himself spoke about the situation in a press call last week, and Facebook even released official data that showed the high level of usage it has encountered recently.
The newly-published data revealed that the end of the previous week saw a 70% increase in the number of group video calls on Facebook Messenger in comparison to the week before it.
Whatsapp video and voice calls have doubled in some of the regions that were most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
“Right now, this isn’t a massive outbreak in every country around the world, but if it gets there, then we need to make sure we’re on top of this from an infrastructure perspective and make sure that we can continue to provide the level of service that people need in a time like this,” Mark Zuckerberg said.
It is good to know that Facebook is always prepared to handle extra traffic to keep users permanently connected and up to date with their families and relevant news sources.
Fighting Against Fake News
Social media worldwide was assaulted by fake news, conspiracy theorists, and other variations of disinformation regarding the Coronavirus situation.
Facebook is trying its best to avoid spreading such fake news, but due to the high amount of such texts, many Facebook communities still have to deal with disinformation.
It’s essential to keep in mind that you shouldn’t believe everything that you read online!