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WhatsApp's new feature will let you fact-check forwarded messages

WhatsApp's new feature will let you fact-check forwarded messages”

WhatsApp has updated its beta app to include a new search feature that will allow users to fact check forwarded messages. One person creates a message to suit his vested interest and later that message circulates as a fact.

WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will help you check online to see if what is said in the messages you receive is actually true.

In India, the government's Press Information Bureau (PIB) has joined hands with WhatsApp to curb misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company has taken a number of initiatives lately, and now, to build on that effort, it is testing a feature to let you verify the authenticity of a message more easily.

This is a great initiative by WhatsApp because it is known that the platform's end-to-end encryption has also helped spread a lot of fake news already which needs to be stopped.

So how will the feature work?

First reported by TechCrunch, WhatsApp's latest Android beta brings the ability to quickly search the web with the text, photo, or video received in a message.

Once you tap on the icon, a message will pop up and read, "Would you like to search this on the Web?" However, if you are looking for a specific file type then choose the desired category and then search the keyword.

As the feature is not available right now, WhatsApp, however, confirmed that it will be available soon.

Earlier, WhatsApp had labeled the messages that are sent to too many persons as "Forwarded".

The feature is still under development and our information was based on the screenshot shared by WABetainfo.

The Search Messages feature by WhatsApp will be highly effective at a time when the entire world is battling the coronavirus outbreak. So much so that Western media has dubbed the messaging platform a "petri dish of coronavirus misinformation". The rampant spread of misinformation regarding coronavirus can lead to a lot of harm.



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