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Another big change in WhatsApp to curb ‘fake news’ to be rolled out

It can be seen in ‘Group Settings’ and only administrators of a particular group will be able to see and edit it.

As per the latest updates, WhatsApp has started working on bringing the ability to block ‘Frequently Forwarded’ messages in group chats. This was spotted under development in the latest Android beta update. This was always in the pipeline as WhatsApp has been under pressure to roll out initiatives to curb fake news and by blocking ‘Frequently Forwarded’ messages, this could be one of the bigger steps taken in this regard.

WABetaInfo reports that the audio picker feature that was spotted in an earlier beta has now been rolled out. Apart from this, the instant messaging app is also working on iPad support and can be spotted in the latest iOS beta. Now, this iPad support will also lead to the introduction of new updates like split-screen and landscape mode. It will also retain all the iPhone app features like Touch ID support.

WhatsApp has also just released beta v2.19.97 and as per WABetaInfo, the company has started working to introduce features to curb users from sending ‘Frequently Forwarded’ messages to group chats. As of now, this feature is still under development, hence the users cannot start using it as it ‘disabled by default’.

However, this feature should be made available anytime in the near future. It can be seen in ‘Group Settings’ and only administrators of a particular group will be able to see and edit it. So, if the admin of any particular group feels that there are too many fake links being circulated in the group, he can switch on this option and hence, users of that group will then not be able to send messages that are labelled as ‘Frequently Forwarded’.

Hence, is a message is forwarded more than four times, it becomes a ‘Frequently Forwarded’ by WhatsApp. Currently, WhatsApp is working on this feature in its Android version, and no traces have been found about this update in the iOS app.

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