WhatsApp to introduce a new feature to deal with fake posts

Whatsapp to introduce new tool to address fake news

WhatsApp says it is horrified over India lynchings linked to messages ASEAN+ July 10, 2018 01

When the link is suspicious, it will notify the user with a red label.

India has told WhatsApp to take "immediate action" after a spate of horrific lynchings sparked by false rumours being shared on the hugely popular smartphone messaging service.

Note here, that Whatsapp hasn't yet officially confirmed this news.

According to a report by WABetainfo, the new feature will restrict the spam circulation by scanning the links that are being sent or received by the users. However, there are no words from WhatsApp about the official release of the feature.

When the Whatsapp user attempts to open this link, then another alert will be shown, informing that the link has originated from a suspicious source. "This will help reduce the spread of unwanted messages into important group conversations - as well as the forwarding of hoaxes and other content", said the company.

Notably, WhatsApp will analyze all the links sent via messages locally which means the messages containing links will not be sent to the WhatsApp servers. The app has lately come under fire for propagation and proliferation of fake news. To overcome the problem, Whatsapp has offered a grant of $50,000 to social researchers who can find a solution to avoid these tragic incidents. Hence, WhatsApp is now testing a new "Suspicious Link Detection" feature which will help users identify if a message they have received is fake or not.

Beating to deaths have triggered by fake messages widely spread across the country over a child-lifters on WhatsApp.

The instant messenger has said that users will now get to know if a shared message has been typed or forwarded and existing group admins will be able to get demoted to a member with limited rights.

We will keep you updated, as receive more information about Whatsapp's anti-fake news and anti-spam initiatives.

The ad introduces the soon to be launched feature - Suspicious Link Detection.

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