WhatsApp testing frequently forwarded label, reverse image search to curb fake news - Android

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WhatsApp testing frequently forwarded label, reverse image search to curb fake news - Android

WhatsApp is testing a lot of features to stop fake news from going viral.

WhatsApp, with 1 billion+ users every month, is one of the most commonly used messaging platform globally. Not only has it replaced the good old SMS, but it is also used for sharing images, videos, files and even to make voice calls over the Internet. While on one side it is becoming a necessity, on the other hand, WhatsApp has become the primary source of spam, fake news, medium to spread hate messages and clickbait etc. This problem of fake news and hate message going viral has resulted in a number of unfortunate incidents like lynching and violence in countries like India and Brazil.

The team at WhatsApp has been bringing out new features regularly to curb fake news. Sometime back, WhatsApp limited the forward feature to five people at the same time and also included the “forwarded” flag to differentiate between a regular message and a forwarded message. Now taking this a step ahead, WhatsApp will let you know if the message has been forwarded more than 5 times by replacing “forwarded” label to "frequently forwarded".

Another feature that the Facebook-led company is coming out with, is known as 'forwarding info'. This will now the user know the forwarding count by diving into the Message Info section. Forwarding info will be only available for the message senders only though.

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25/03/2019 04:34 AM