WhatsApp comes up with new feature to tackle fake messages

Daijiworld Media Network - New Delhi (DC)

New Delhi, Jul 12: To prevent misuse of its platform and the spreading of fake messages, messaging app WhatsApp has now launched a new feature globally.

In its blog, WhatsApp on Tuesday, July 10 said, “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. It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else. To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone."

It further said, “WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety. 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.”

WhatsApp had last month also announced unrestricted monetary awards for research on spread of misinformation on its platform to address the problem.

It may be recalled that last week WhatsApp in reply to a notice by the Indian government, had stated that it was testing a new label that highlights when a message has been forwarded. In reply to the notice, it said, “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."

Indian government had sought necessary remedial measures after reports of lynching and killing of people across the country in states, including Assam, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tripura and West Bengal due to large number of rumours being circulated on WhatsApp.