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You May Be Able To Check If A Forwarded WhatsApp Message Is ‘Fake News’ Soon

You May Be Able To Check If A Forwarded WhatsApp Message Is ‘Fake News’ Soon

The jig is up, uncles and aunties.

Hakim Hassan

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WhatsApp is upping the ante in the fight against fake news as they are testing out a new feature that lets users check the validity of a viral message that they’ve received.

How it works is that you can quickly perform a web search by tapping a magnifying glass button in the chat for a message or image that you’ve received for a quick fact check.

Picture Credit: WhatsApp

For now the option will be available for users in:

  • Brazil
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • UK
  • US

There’s no news yet on whether the feature will make it here in Malaysia but it’ll sure come in handy here as there are a lot of unverified messages floating about online.

WhatsApp has been trying to curb the dissemination of fake news as the company imposed a “forward” limit on messages earlier this year.


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