WhatsApp is working on a new feature that is a part of its efforts to curb fake news on its platform. The Facebook-owned company is reportedly developing an image search tool called Search Image to let users upload any images right from the chat to Google and check for its authenticity. Google will read the image and offer the images that are either original or have been published online, which in turn will help users identify doctored or fake images.
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WABetaInfo reports that Search Image feature is not available in any of the betas as of now. However, this feature is expected to be rolled out in coming beta versions by WhatsApp for Android. The screenshots obtained by WABetaInfo show that the Search Image feature will be available via the three-dot menu on the right-hand side.
To search an image online, the user will be required to long-tap on the image, followed by the navigation to reach Search Image option. Hitting the option will prompt the user with uploading disclaimer. Accepting it will upload the image to Google servers followed by launching the default browser to show the search results. WhatsApp uses Google APIs to help the user search images on Google, as per the report.
Besides, WhatsApp now has transgender emojis available in the beta build for Android. WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.19.73 packs the transgender flag. In addition, there are some emojis belonging to different gender identities but these aren’t visible yet.