In the middle of a coronavirus pandemic, Instagram users have created filters that play with the disease. The effects, which can be added to Stories, range from surgical masks and infectious molecules flying through the air to plaques that say whether the person will die or not from COVID-19. But not everyone saw this as a joke. The filters generated controversy in the social network and were identified as "inappropriate", given the global health crisis caused by the coronavirus.
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Augmented reality effects are available to any user and can be found by searching for "coronavirus" in the Instagram filter gallery. In other social networks, Internet users criticized the bad taste of the game. "We are talking about something that is killing people today! Completely inappropriate," wrote user Karen Meagan on Twitter.
Filters play with the coronavirus pandemic and generate revolt on Instagram Photo: Reproduo / Instagram
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Still on the microblog, a user who identifies himself as @harianashe classified the new fashion as "stupid". "They made a coronavirus filter for Instagram. You are so stupid," he wrote.
someone made a coronavirus filter for instagram y'all are so stupid
– January 30, 2020
On the other hand, there are developers who are using Instagram's augmented reality effects to explain how people can prevent the spread of the coronavirus. the case of AZ Central, Arizona, in the United States. The portal created an animated model to explain how the virus works.
Filter uses augmented reality to explain how the coronavirus works Photo: Reproduo / Instagram (@AZCentral)
A highlight on the @AZCentral profile displays a red molecule with "spines" and explains that this structure that allows the coronavirus to connect to human cells. In another Story, the newspaper shows how the virus can survive on surfaces.
The new coronavirus has reached more than 124,000 people worldwide and left more than 4,600 people dead. In Brazil, the number of confirmed cases exceeds 70.
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