New WhatsApp update for fake news

New WhatsApp update for fake news

"This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow", it stated in a press statement. Interestingly, despite this claim, the new feature can presumably be bypassed by anyone quite easily.

Once this function is launched, the moment you get a link on WhatsApp to a website, the application will do a background verification to the website of the link and will alert users if it finds something suspicious. The company is testing a feature in India to highlight a forwarded message as well as it is deploying machine learning techniques to identify malicious content.

If you are not sure of the source or concerned that the information maybe untrue, think twice before sharing.

As per WABetaInfo, the new WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection feature will come with Android beta version 2.18.204 and later.

The government had also made it clear, last week, that WhatsApp "cannot evade accountability and responsibility".


The new feature will help users identify suspicious links shared within the platform while allowing the messaging app to automatically detect whether the link that a user receives is fake or spam.

WhatsApp was pulled up by the Indian government on July 3 and directed to take immediate action in the light of growing instances of lynching of innocent people owing to irresponsible messages filled with rumours and provocation circulated on its platform. This latest move comes after IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked Facebook-owned company to take steps to control the fake news.

Whatsapp Under Fire For Spam, Fake News!

When you click on the former, then the participants will not be able to send messages, photos, video etc to the group.

In response to the news, Whatsapp announced that it will pay researchers for studying various aspects of misinformation, which includes election-related issues and viral content that was being spread through the platform.

With the update, forwarded messages will have a small "forwarded" label, similar to forwarded email messages, indicating the note was originally written by someone other than the sender. The company added that people should think before they share a forwarded message.

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