WhatsApp has introduced a safety feature to curb the hoax, fake news, and rumors mills. The world’s most popular instant messaging application will now show you more details about the messages you receive.
A new WhatsApp feature will now point out if a message you receive has been forwarded or originally written by the sender. The small “forwarded” marker will apply to all text, image, audio, and video messages forwarded to users.
The cross-platform app owned by Facebook, Inc. developed this feature after hearsay led to the death of nearly 31 people in India over the last few months. The incidents of violence include unidentified extremists rallied by rumors of child lifting spread over WhatsApp specifically in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Assam.
A WhatsApp blog reads, “Company cares deeply about your safety. We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded.”
Messaging platform told Poynter that the new WhatsApp feature will give the company greater insight into “the aggregate amount of forwarded messages sent.”
“This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow,” the post by WhatsApp says. “It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.”
The step seems good but there are a few limitations to the feature. Users can save media files that are forwarded to them to their phones in order to clear the label. Then, they send them along to their own groups or individual contacts. Still, it will require some work to do.
The company has already announced a $50,000 cash award program for researchers studying how to control the spread of disinformation on the app.
They had been beta testing the forwarded label tag feature in India and Brazil, the largest markets of the company combining 300 million users.
There is still no information on when this useful feature published by WhatsApp will be available in our country. A few days ago, Facebook also came up with specific measures to secure the upcoming General Elections of 2018 in Pakistan by getting rid of fake or false news and abuse at the hands of opportunists.