WhatsApp announced new feature globally that will highlight when a message has been forwarded versus composed by sender, late on Tuesday. In its endeavor to deal with the problem of fake news and the spread of misinformation , instant messaging app WhatsApp has launched new feature , which will label all forwarded messages.
The announcement comes at the heels of the Indian government directing the Mountain View, California tech giant to curb the spread of rumours and hoaxe on its platform. Govt shows strong displeasure at the recent incidents of lynchings , which allegedly took place due to misinformation spread through the WhatsApp message.
Startng today, WhatsApp will indicate that which message receive have been forwarded to you. This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It also helps that determine of your contacted person wrote a message they sent or if it originally came from someone else, company said in an emailed statement.
“we encourage you to think before sharing message that were forwarded, as a remainder , you can report a spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help”
To use this feature , user need to update latest version of WhatsApp to see the new forwarded label on their phones. More than 230 million monthly active WhatsApp users in India.
In the last week, replaying to a notice by the Indian government to take measure to prevent he misuse of its platform, WhatsApp had said that it was testing a news label that highlights when message has been forwarded. This could server as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding message because it lets user know if content they recived was written by person they know or a potential rumour from someone else.