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Telecom companies are urging people to ‘stay at home’ in messages snuck on their phone’s home screen

Telecom companies are urging people to ‘stay at home’ in messages snuck on their phone’s home screen

  • The messages are displayed next to normal network information
  • They urge users to stay at home during an ongoing coronavirus pandemic
  • Users in Germany, Peru, Turkey, and more have reported seeing them
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Telecom companies are resorting to new methods to encourage the world to stay at home during an ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Mobile operators, including Vodafone and Orange S.A., have now started to include ‘Stay Home’ messages in the text fragment that usually displays network information in the top left corner of the device.

Reports of the messages began to appear on Twitter in a thread created by social media advisor Matt Navarra.

People around the world have reported that 'Stay Home' messages appear in the network information displayed in the top left corner of their screen

People around the world have reported that 'Stay Home' messages appear in the network information displayed in the top left corner of their screen

People around the world have reported that ‘Stay Home’ messages appear in the network information displayed in the top left corner of their screen

According to the thread, Vodafone customers in Germany, Peru, Turkey and more started to see the notes.

It is not clear how much telecom is currently displaying such messages, but the move is a remarkable development in how technology companies have chosen to address their role in disseminating essential information about coronavirus.

Historically, companies have never used the small but crucial space on the phone to deliver messages to customers.

The decision also reflects the rapid spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, which accelerated rapidly from an outbreak in China to a global pandemic.

As a result, many around the world have been asked to stay at home in an attempt to spread the viruses spread by isolation.

Other tech companies, including social media giants such as Instagram, have also joined the effort to encourage people to isolate.

To boost best practice, Instagram released new stickers this week that can be posted in Stories on its platform.

The new stickers include reminders to wash your hands, distance yourself from other people and more.

Those include a ‘Stay Home’ sticker, which is currently available, and Instagram says it will roll out more of those stickers in the coming week.

In addition to the feature, Instagram said it is also trying to lead people away from misinformation about a new coronavirus pandemic by promoting “ educational posts ” from legitimate sources.

“People who search Instagram for information about the coronavirus or COVID-19 will see an educational message connecting them to World Health Organization and local health ministries,” the platform said in a blog post.

“We are working hard to make this available worldwide in the coming weeks.”

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