WhatsApp offers tips to spot fake news

10 July, 2018, 12:35 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Whatsapp to introduce new tool to address fake news

Once the app detects any suspicious link, it will then mark the link with a red label to let users easily differentiate between a fake and genuine link.

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

WhatsApp has recently been in talks for spreading the fake news.

To those interested in knowing more details, the above features have been located on the WhatsApp version 2.18.204 and it is still in beta status.

Apart from this feature, the other steps initiated by WhatsApp include permitting blocking of unknown contacts. The red label will hint that either it is phishing or spam link or is redirecting to a false news site.

Further, if a user decides to open the link, WhatsApp will alert him/her again about the suspicious link that reads, "This link contains unusual characters".

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WAInfoBeta has stressed on the fact that no packet of information shall be sent to any external servers, and the suspicious link activity test shall be performed locally.

But how exactly, this has not been shared. "We believe this is a challenge that requires government, civil society and technology companies to work together", WhatsApp said in the letter sent to the Ministry of Electronics and IT.

Previously, WhatsApp announced a new feature that will allow the group administrators to restrict participants from sending messages to the group.

"We have been testing a new label in India that highlights when a message has been forwarded versus composed by the sender".

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. The name itself tells it explicitly that the feature will help users to detect sent and received suspicious links to any web page which WhatsApp determines to be malicious.

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