New WhatsApp update for fake news

The new feature will help users identify suspicious links shared within the platform

In a blog post sent to Poynter, WhatsApp announced a new label that will indicate when a message has been forwarded to someone from another user.

This photo illustration shows an Indian newspaper vendor reading a newspaper with a full back page advertisement from WhatsApp meant to counter fake information, in New Delhi on July 10, 2018. WhatsApp told Poynter it plans to build on those efforts in the future.

A rash of deadly lynchings in India has a popular messaging app taking aim at fake news. Subscribers are also warned to check photos and videos as well. "Just because a message is shared many times, does not make it true".

After hoax messages on WhatsApp fueled deadly mob violence in India, the Facebook-owned messaging platform published full-page advertisements in prominent English and Hindi language newspapers advising users on how to spot misinformation. This could serve as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding messages because it lets a user know if content they received was written by the person they know or a potential rumour from someone else.

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has demanded greater accountability from social media platforms, saying finding technological fixes to identify mass-circulation of messages on a particular issue, in a particular area can not be "rocket science".

"Is Whatsapp Testing Suspicious Link Detection Feature To Curb Spam, Fake News?", 5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. Called "Suspicious Link Detection", the upcoming WhatsApp feature "analyses" the link in order to detect whether it is redirecting to a "fake or alternative website". The feature is now in testing phase and might be rolled out soon to beta users before a wider release.

Notably, you need to have the latest WhatsApp version on your device to see the "Forwarded" label.

On a related note, WhatsApp is attempting hard to stop the danger of false news being spread for quite some time on its platform.

Still, there are some limitations to the feature. No matter what measures companies implement, they can't control what the users believe. Then, they send them along to their own groups.

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