(Reuters) – Facebook proprietor Meta Platforms Inc has arrange a particular operations middle to watch the battle in Ukraine, and it launched a function so customers within the nation can lock their social media profiles for safety, an organization official mentioned in Twitter posts on Thursday.
Twitter Inc on Wednesday posted recommendations on how customers can safe their accounts towards hacking, be sure that their tweets are personal and deactivate their accounts. The firm tweeted the security suggestions in English, Russian and Ukrainian.
Both social media platforms are sometimes utilized by political activists and researchers to disseminate info throughout occasions of disaster. The Russian invasion of Ukraine on Thursday additionally raised issues concerning the unfold of disinformation concerning the battle on social media.
With one click on, customers in Ukraine can lock their profile to forestall customers who aren’t their mates from downloading or sharing their profile image, or seeing posts on their timeline, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of safety coverage, mentioned on Twitter.
On Wednesday, Twitter additionally shared info on how customers can deactivate their account.
As the battle in Ukraine escalated on Thursday, social media customers took to platforms like TikTook, Snapchat and Twitter to put up movies of evacuation strains, helicopters within the sky and anti-war protests in Russia.
On short-form video app TikTookthe hashtags “Russia” and “Ukraine” had 37.2 billion and eight.5 billion views, respectively.