WhatsApp messenger adds a fact-checking tool to flag misleading or fake WhatsApp viral messages
WhatsApp Messenger is a popular app owned by social media giant Facebook that allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media. It has become the primary means of electronic communication in multiple countries and locations, including Latin America, the Indian subcontinent, and large parts of Europe and Africa.
As you all have experienced the popularity of the platform you must also know there is lots of misleading information shared over. Back in March where the coronavirus came into existence, the company said that it is testing a feature that will use the fact-checking techniques to detect misleading or fake news. However, the feature was being tested in the beta previously.
While, as Android Police has spotted, the feature has started to roll out for users living in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and the US. The company will also release the feature for everyone in the near future. Earlier this year WhatsApp also introduced a feature that indicates a forwarded label on the messages and also applied a limit for them to stop the excel sharing of the misleading or fake news.
“Starting today, the simplest option to check such messages by tapping on the lens icon in the chat will be implemented on an experimental basis. Offering a simple way to search for messages that have been forwarded multiple times will also help people find new information about those messages or their sources.” Whatsapp announced on its official blog “This feature allows users to load messages on the web through a browser. There is no need to share that message with WhatsApp.”
This feature will probaby all the fake and misleading news that is being viral on the popular platform. For more news on tech and cybersceurity stay tuned on Android Rookies by subscribing to our newsletter from here.