Another step to fight fake news
WhatsApp in the recent past has tried to evolve its platform and in this wake, we have seen a number of new features being rolled out in the past couple of months. There are few important features which include dark mode, picture-in-picture (PIP) mode 2.0, in-app browser, that are expected to be available in the app in the future.
Now, few of these features are surfacing and one of the most prominent one among these is the ‘frequently forwarded messages’ feature on its Android and iOS-based apps. The feature, as has been reported before, is being rolled out to help the WhatsApp users make a more informed decision before forwarding a message. This is being done by the company to help curb the spread of fake news which has also led to a number of mass mob lynching in the past year.
So how does this feature work? WhatsApp will show you a notification with double arrow highlighted in grey colour every time a user tries to forward a message which has already been forwarded many times in a chain before. WhatsApp will show a message: “This message will be marked as forwarded many times” every time you forward a message that has been forwarded many times before. Also, it should be noted that the company will not reveal the number of times the particular message has been forwarded.
However, the feature is quite different from the one which was reported earlier. Back in March this year, WABetaInfo, the blog that tracks developments in WhatsApp, reported that the company would show a ‘Frequently Forwarded’ label instead of a ‘Forwarded’ label on the top left corner of a message which has been forwarded a number of times.