To curb fake news, WhatsApp set to add two new features

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Updated: March 25, 2019 8:40:12 PM

WhatsApp is likely to add two new features- "Forwarding Info" and "Frequently Forwarded." Both the features are under development. The "Forwarding Info" feature is likely to release in the next beta updates.

The freeware and cross-platform messaging app had put a global limit on forwarded messages to five people. The freeware and cross-platform messaging app had put a global limit on forwarded messages to five people.

In a bid to curb fake news, Facebook-owned company WhatsApp had introduced the ‘forwarding’ label last year. The social-media giant is now testing two more updates to check spread of misinformation on the platform.

WhatsApp is likely to add two new features- “Forwarding Info” and “Frequently Forwarded.” Both the features are under development. The “Forwarding Info” feature is likely to release in the next beta updates.

Forwarding Info

The “Forwarding Info” feature will help people to know about how many times a message has been forwarded or sent. One can get the idea about the information after visiting the Message Info section of the WhatsApp.

Frequently Forwarded

As of now, when we forward a message or a photo in WhatsApp, we get the label of “forwarded” above message text. In a new feature, when a message is sent to over 4 users, a “Frequently Forwarded” label will show up on the top.

The freeware and cross-platform messaging app had put a global limit on forwarded messages to five people. The “Forwarding Info” and “Frequently Forwarded” are likely to be a part of WhatsApp Android beta version 2.19.80.

The spreading of fake news and rumors has become a matter of great concern for the world’s largest democracy. With around more than 200 million active users in India, the spread of fake news poses a great threat.

Earlier this month, Abhijit Bose, the India head of WhatsApp had announced that the messaging app would take concrete steps to identify and weed out fake news on the platform. WhatsApp is also conducting extensive research to understand the challenge of misinformation and how to tackle the problem effectively.

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