WhatsApp Unveils New Feature To Reduce Fake News
In a bid to control the rate at which fake news is being circulated via social media, WhatsApp has initiated a new feature across the globe which would enable a user to determine a news originally composed by the sender and a news being forwarded.
This disclosure was made by WhatsApp via its official blog yesterday after the Indian government and some other countries advise it to find a solution to the medium being used to pass false information.
The information on the blog reads: “Starting today, WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive, have been forwarded to you.”
“This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow,” WhatsApp said in a blog. “It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.”
The information further urged users of the application to download the latest version in order to have access to the feature. “To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone.”
NIGERIA NEWS further gathered that the feature is likely to make users of having a rethink before proceeding to forward a received message.
According to WhatsApp,“This could serve as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding messages.”
“Because it lets a user know if the content they received was written by the person they know or a potential rumour from someone else.”
other features which can be used to limit the rate of circulation of fake news were also reeled out on the blog, as it urges users to use the application intelligently. “We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded. As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help.”