Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

WhatsApp testing Suspicious Link Detection feature to weed out spam

WhatsApp testing Suspicious Link Detection feature to weed out spam

A stern statement issued by the electronics and IT ministry late on Tuesday expressed the government's "deep disapproval" to the senior management of WhatsApp over the "irresponsible and explosive messages". The feature, called 'Suspicious Link Detection, ' is now in testing and will be rolled out in the near future.

To those interested in knowing more details, the above features have been located on the WhatsApp version 2.18.204 and it is still in beta status.

WAInfoBeta, which tracks Whatsapp updates and new releases, has informed that a new suspicious link detected tool is being tested by Whatsapp. For instance, you'll be able to manually report a suspicious link if the company's system doesn't work.

The app will then highlight the link in red if it deems it to be a potential threat. As per the report, when you receive a message that contains a link, WhatsApp analyses the link in order to detect if it may redirect to a fake or alternative website.

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Under fire for being a catalyst for spreading fake news, WhatsApp is advertising to fight false information. This will protect users from phishing sites which might try and steal your personal data, such as your logins and passwords. Nevertheless, users are free to continue to the website anyway. According to WABetaInfo, the link detection is done locally rather than being sent to WhatsApp servers. We can anticipate WhatsApp to launch this function shortly.

In its ads, WhatsApp lists ten points on what users should look out for in messages, to know when fake news is being spread on the platform. The feature will surely help users to avoid spam links that are forwarded every day in groups and to normal chats in plain sight.

Indian officials said the company could not "evade accountability and responsibility".

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