Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

WhatsApp Tests New Feature To Curb Spread Of Misinformation

WhatsApp Tests New Feature To Curb Spread Of Misinformation

WhatsApp keeps on launching new features, and from some days, the company is trying to facilitate its users with the features that help them with information based on reality and facts.

One thing that we know regarding the COVID-19 outbreak is that a lot of people have their queries regarding the outbreak of the virus and it means that they are searching a lot. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, these factors also tend to play against WhatsApp's universal influence, since it can not directly and willfully interfere in information shared between two users, which quite frequently turns out to be misleading. But this time around, WhatsApp plans to roll out this feature to all users in the near future.

When you receive a text on WhatsApp that has most certainly been forwarded to you, you will see a search icon right next to the text.

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WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that lets users search messages on the web directly from their app. So much so that Western media has dubbed the messaging platform a "petri dish of coronavirus misinformation". WhatsApp has now begun rolling out the upgrade dubbed "Search Message On The Web". "This will upload the message on Google". It is implemented in the form of a search icon that appears next to sent messages - this is often spread in messenger fakes. Hit on the "Search the Web" button and it will then search on Google.

WhatsApp confirmed the existence of this feature.

In the days of the pandemic coronavirus, WhatsApp is testing a feature that would provide ground to their 2 billion users to verify the information they received. With its arrival, we can use the feature to find out how secure and original are the forwarded messages. As mentioned, this feature is not enabled in beta yet, and is still under development. "This feature is now in testing, and we look forward to rolling it out in the near future", a spokesperson told TechCrunch.

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