WhatsApp Testing Forwarding Info Feature To Tackle Fake News

To curb fake news, WhatsApp is experimenting with new tools to boost fight against the spread of

To curb fake news, WhatsApp is experimenting with new tools to boost fight against the spread of fake news.

A new beta for Android marks messages you send as “frequently forwarded” for the ones that have been shared five or more times. Even the information on the exact forwarding count will also be available by diving into the Message Info section.

It’s not yet known when this will reach the standard WhatsApp releases, but its presence in the beta program reckons it’s arriving soon.

The messaging giant is carrying the burden of blames by critics for spurring lynchings other violence in India. They are certainly under pressure to act against the spread of fake new.

WhatsApp previously rolled out 2.19.80 beta version for Android phones and is now testing Forwarding Info and Frequently Forwarded features. The feature will let the user know about the number of times a particular message has been forwarded

However, the feature would only work for the sent messages, because the user can only navigate into Message Info for messages he/she has sent

Earlier this year, WhatsApp announced that it will now restrict forwarding messages to five contacts globally. Such a step was necessary to curb the spread of fake news on the platform as well as to “continue help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts.”

The company also stated that they have heard over for feedbacks for six months after implementing the restriction initially and then decided to execute the feature out.

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