WhatsApp to Launch 'Search Message' Feature for Users to Verify Fake News
GUWAHATI: WhatsApp will be launching a ‘search message’ feature which will allow users to verify forwarded messages in an attempt to stop the spread of fake news.
Reportedly, the new feature should be visible to anyone on the latest version of the app.
However a limitation has been capped to this as not all messages can be verified using the feature, only frequently forwarded ones will be verified.
How the search message feature works:
When you get a frequently forwarded message, you can see a search icon placed next to it.
Upon clicking on the search icon, you will be asked if you want to verify it on Google or not.
If you say yes, you will be directed to a page on the search engine which will tell you if the information you have received is true.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp has also decreased the limit of forwarding messages to one chat at a time in order to check the propagation of fake messages. The forward message limit was earlier set at five.