WhatsApp's new feature will warn you of 'dangerous' links

WhatsApp's new feature will warn you of 'dangerous' links

WhatsApp's tips include checking with other sources, looking up photos online that may be edited, and thinking twice before forwarding a message you have doubts about.

Further, in order to contain fake news that is directly linked to continuous and gruesome mob lynching across the country, WhatsApp has submitted a new update. "We will build on these efforts". This warning message is marked in red to distinguish and highlight.

Besides, Whatsapp is also introducing a label for forwarded messages, so that the reader is more empowered with the knowledge regarding its authenticity.

After hoax messages on WhatsApp fueled deadly mob violence in India, the Facebook-owned messaging platform published full-page advertisements in prominent English and Hindi language newspapers advising users on how to spot misinformation.

WhatsApp has started rolling out a feature that will indicate to users which messages they receive were forwarded by as is the sender.

Following 29 deaths in India, that were attributed by some to WhatsApp fake news, parent company Facebook has created a way to help avoid bad link sharing in the future.

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As per latest rumors coming in, Whatsapp is testing a new feature to detect suspicious links to spam, and fake news website.

WhatsApp has a large user base in India and the social media application is facing criticism from a few days. "Let's hope this and other measures will help alleviate the problem of misinformation". The feature is now in testing phase and might be rolled out soon to beta users before a wider release.

"I have seen that on some Samsung phones - not iPhones", Cristina Tardáguila, director of Agência Lupa, told Poynter.

To recall, a series of lynching incidents around India triggered by fake or doctored WhatsApp forwards prompted the Indian government to instruct WhatsApp to look into the matter with due diligence.

Still, there are some limitations to the feature. However, the user is free to visit the page if they wish to.

"Brazilians know a lot about how to dodge new things and new rules", Tardáguila said.

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