WhatsApp usually benefits from many functionality updates but the most recent one is very important. If you’re also a bit careful, the app will help you know whether you’re reading fake news.
Most WhatsApp updates include new features created with the purpose of helping you communicate better with your friends and protect your privacy. Sometimes however we receive an update that tries to tackle a more complex problem.
As WhatsApp appears to be the perfect tool to spread fake news in countries such as India, the developers of the WhatsApp app thought about a solution. Basically, this is just a first step in stopping the problem, but the good news is that it is heading in the right direction.
According to WABetaInfo, a beta WhatsApp version helps you be more careful when it comes down to sharing fake content. The idea is very simple: if you tap on a message, just like new, you will see a confirmation of the fact that it was delivered and read. In case of forwarded message, the same field of additional info will tell you how many times the message has been forwarded.
This is not something revolutionary, at first. But if you’re thinking about the fact that a fake news message is forwarded many times, sometimes even without being read, you will be able to figure out the context. Moreover, if a message has been forwarded many many times, it may motivate you to do a little research online about the message you have received before you also forward it to your friends.
As part of the same effort to fight against fake news, WhatsApp also introduced labeling of forwarded messages and we can’t wait to see what WhatsApp comes up with next.