Latest in Gear

Image credit: WhatsApp

WhatsApp adds new stickers to support social distancing

The stickers encourage hand washing, working from home and virtual hangouts.
Karissa Bell, @karissabe
April 21, 2020
111 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

WhatsApp's new stickers to encourage social distancing,
WhatsApp

WhatsApp is giving its 2 billion users an extra reminder about the importance of staying home during the coronavirus pandemic. The app is rolling out a new set of  “together at home” stickers as part of its wide-ranging effort to turn the messaging service into a force for accurate and helpful updates, rather than misinformation.

WhatsApp says it worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) on the stickers, which are available in 10 languages. The stickers encourage hand washing, working from home and other social distancing concepts. The update comes after Instagram launched a popular “Stay Home” sticker to advocate for social distancing measures and Facebook and Messenger added new “care” reactions

Facebook has previously said it’s seen use of its messaging apps spike as more of its users are forced to stay home. At the same time, the increased usage had also forced WhatsApp to roll out more protections against misinformation about the pandemic. WhatsApp has added tighter controls on message forwarding and worked with outside developers to create messaging bots to share timely health information and dispel hoaxes. 

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
111 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

View
The Morning After: Google's $350 Pixel 4a is the best midrange phone you can buy

The Morning After: Google's $350 Pixel 4a is the best midrange phone you can buy

View
A $13,000 electric car will go on sale in the US by late 2020

A $13,000 electric car will go on sale in the US by late 2020

View
'Avengers: Endgame' directors will make Netflix's most expensive film yet

'Avengers: Endgame' directors will make Netflix's most expensive film yet

View
China won't accept 'theft' of TikTok, according to state newspaper

China won't accept 'theft' of TikTok, according to state newspaper

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr