WhatsApp launches new feature to label forwarded messages

Whatsapp to introduce new tool to address fake news

"This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow [.] WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety".

While instant messaging apps like WhatsApp have completely changed the way we communicate, it has also brought in a wide array of new generation issues. "And if the answer is yes, think twice before sharing it again", reads the tip.

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

WhatsApp has been at the centre of many controversies, particularly in India following reports of lynching incidents after fake messages were spread through WhatsApp.

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

IT Ministry has already informed Whatsapp that it is not a rocket science to stop spread of fake news and some technological solution is feasible, if they want it.

Indian officials said the company could not "evade accountability and responsibility".

Experts said the that the need to curb fake news has also assumed urgency ahead of India's general elections scheduled for next year - WhatsApp has become the favored medium for political parties to target voters. "We welcome proposals from any social science or related discipline that foster insights into the impact of technology on contemporary society in this problem space", the company said.

The Facebook-owned company will also roll-out a feature to prevent a user from adding a person back into the group once he or she has left it.

Next, WhatsApp is working on a feature called "Suspicious Link Detection" that, as the name suggests, will caution the reader if a link in the message received is leading to an unreliable website.

WhatsApp published full page print ads in main Indian newspapers to handle the spread of fake news in India. The false messages that warned parents about child abductors were sometimes accompanied by gruesome videos of child abuse. As per a Gadgets Now report, Messages found to be suspicious in nature will carry a warning when it is delivered giving the recipient of the message the opportunity to verify before forwarding it or taking it to be true.

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