While undergoing self-isolation measures, many are turning to the digital world to stay connected to loved ones outside of the home. In an effort to give users a way to virtually support the friends they interact with on its site, Facebook will debut a new emoji to use on its platforms: the ‘care’ emoji.
On Facebook, we will launch a seventh Reaction alongside the existing six. The new Care Reaction will start rolling out next week globally and you can use it to react to posts, comments, images, videos, or other content on the app and https://t.co/t0PZL74vjg pic.twitter.com/PkpbCoPc4F— Alexandru Voica (@alexvoica) April 17, 2020
TechCrunch writes that the new emoji, featuring the standard emoji avatar hugging a heart, will be available on Facebook and Facebook Messenger.
On the main Facebook app, the emoji will be available next week. Beginning today, the Facebook Messenger app will add a pulsating heart emoji, or ‘reaction.’
“This idea of a hug reaction came back consistently as one of the emotions and feelings that were missing from reactions. So that’s something that was always on our minds,” Fidji Simo, who heads the Facebook app, told USA Today. “And with the crisis that we are going through right now, there is no doubt that people need more compassion, more support.”
Other than developing supportive new emojis, Facebook has been battling misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday, Facebook stated that it will start notifying users if they have interacted with misinformation surrounding the coronavirus while on the platform.
In a blog post, Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen said that a newly formed team of fact-checkers employed by Facebook will evaluate COVID-19 content. If the information is found to be false, the company will reduce its circulation in the site and apply a warning label to the post.
Rosen writes that as of March, the company has applied warning labels to about 40 million Facebook posts related to COVID-19.
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