DoT to launch a platform for WhatsApp abuse, to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news on this messaging service.
Addressing these major concerns, WhatsApp has started rolling out a new feature to help its users identify fake messages. The feature called ‘frequently forwarded’ will notify WhatsApp users if a message has been forwarded multiple times. The update is being rolled out to global iOS and Android users. It will help the users know if any message was forwarded for more than five times.
WhatsApp spokesperson said, “We have recently introduced an update to our forwarded message label that helps people identify when they have received messages that were previously forwarded several times, such as a chain message. These highly forwarded messages will be marked with a double arrow icon and users will receive a notice when they are forwarding such a message.”
Fake news and misinformation have been the biggest problems on social media. WhatsApp is pulling out all the stops to prevent this from happening. Spotting and removing fake news and misinformation has been a major problem on platform.
Google has been using artificial intelligence and machine learning to curb spreading of misinformation on YouTube and other Google-owned platforms. WhatsApp plans to implement similar technologies to tackle fake news. Facebook is developing tech to ensure that fake news is regulated on its platforms.