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Whatsapp offers 'easy tips' to tackle fake news in India

10 July 2018, 06:26 | Devin Moran

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Whatsapp to introduce new tool to address fake news

Readers are advised to check if a message has been forwarded - WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature to help people identify forwarded messages. WhatsApp has 200 million active monthly users in India alone, which is among its largest markets globally. If it detects a suspicious link, a user will then receive a warning in red color (as shown below) suggesting that the link is "suspicious".

As per WABetaInfo, the new WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection feature will come with Android beta version 2.18.204 and later. If WhatsApp detects anything suspicious, the message will be marked with a red label in order to indicate danger. However, the user is free to visit the page if they wish to.

We do wonder what exactly is WhatsApp's definition of a suspicious website though. This will protect users from phishing sites which might try and steal your personal data, such as your logins and passwords.

WhatsApp has a pretty extensive list of features, but the Facebook-owned company is always adding more. "We use machine learning to identify accounts sending a high volume of messages and we are constantly working to improve our ability to stop unwanted automated messages" the spokesperson added. WhatsApp is taking these measures to curb distribution of fake website links. The Facebook-owned firm coming under fire for its handling of hoax messages that have been cited as the reason for several people being killed by mobs in India.




Spam messages warning parents about child kidnapping gangs have sprung up in multiple regional languages in India in recent months, sometimes accompanied by gruesome videos of child abuse.

Apart from this feature, the other steps initiated by WhatsApp include permitting blocking of unknown contacts.

In one of the features set to roll out this week WhatsApp users will be able to distinguish messages that have been forwarded. Are there any other issues you'd like to see the company address?



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