WhatsApp has just announced today a new feature that will allow users to check the forwarding messages they receive from others, with the intention of helping to identify hoax chains and fake news more quickly.
With a strong history to combat this type of false information, since the beginning of this year, and with greater emphasis after the appearance of COVID-19, we saw how the messaging service began to establish its first mediations as limitation on the number of message forwardings, reducing the number of forwarded messages by up to 70% worldwide.
In addition to that, WhatsApp also added a new way to identify the messages that have been shared many times in different chats, with the highlighting of a special “Forwarded” tag and a two-arrow icon at the top. In this way, users are allowed to identify when a received message has not been written directly by one of their close contacts.
So from now on we can find a new magnifying glass button next to the forwarded messages. This function will allow users to upload the message directly to their browser. to search it on the internet, without the need to open the content of the message itself. In addition, the message will be stored within Google searches, thus creating a greater ease of identification for these forwarded messages with false news.
«We believe that if we provide an easy way to search the Internet for messages that were forwarded many times, we can help people find results on the news or other sources of information of the received content» they ensure from WhatsApp.
Internet search function It is now available in all terminals updated to the latest version of WhatsApp, within the territories of Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, United States and Brazil, for both Android and iOS users, and even through the browser version of WhatsApp Web. However, its implantation will be carried out gradually, so some may not see it active for a few weeks.