WhatsApp gets serious about the fake news problem in India

Whatsapp to introduce new tool to address fake news

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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".

Once this function is launched, the moment you get a link on WhatsApp to a website, the application will do a background verification to the website of the link and will alert users if it finds something suspicious.

According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has begun testing the new feature as part of beta version 2.18.204 for Android.

Now WhatsApp will upgrade this feature to come up with a new feature called Suspicious Link Detection.

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Once the app detects any suspicious link, it will then mark the link with a red label to let users easily differentiate between a fake and genuine link. The report highlights that WhatsApp will analyse the link locally and not data will be sent to WhatsApp servers in order to detect the suspicious link. However, the user is free to visit the page if they wish to. Will it also detect fake news websites trying to piggyback off the name of a legitimate news source, or will it be exclusively target phishing websites, or sites with dodgy security measures or a ton of spam? This time, the platform has received the ability to automatically hide shared media from appearing in your phone gallery. The ... However, there are no words from WhatsApp about the official release of the feature. The Facebook-owned firm coming under fire for its handling of hoax messages that have been cited as the reason for several people being killed by mobs in India.

WhatsApp has previously said it is tweaking features and giving users controls in its effort to rein in false messages.

In a list of "easy tips", WhatsApp has announced that they are rolling out a new feature using which users can distinguish forwarded messages so that they can double check facts in case they are not sure who wrote the original message.

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