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Whatsapp to introduce new tool to address fake news

10 July 2018, 12:37 | Glen Norman

The new feature will help users identify suspicious links shared within the platform

The new feature will help users identify suspicious links shared within the platform

The new feature will help users identify suspicious links shared within the platform while allowing the messaging app to automatically detect whether the link that a user receives is fake or spam.

As per them, this testing is part of beta version 2.18.204 for Android, which will be released soon.

WhatsApp has enjoyed several new features this year, but the Facebook-owned team isn't stopping there.

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WhatsApp took out full-page advertisements in Indian newspapers Tuesday offering "easy tips" to identify fact from fiction after a slew of recent murders spurred by hoaxes shared on its platform.

"This link contains unusual characters". If WhatsApp detects a suspicious link, the message will be marked with a red label, indicating to the user that the link is suspicious. According to WABetaInfo, the app is now receiving suspicious link detection functionality. WhatsApp is working on this new feature to curb those suspicious links spreading such news. This will protect users from phishing sites which might try and steal your personal data, such as your logins and passwords.

If you decide to ignore the alert and click the link anyway, WhatsApp will try to warn you again in a pop-up window.

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Before rolling out this feature in India, the company had said, "We have been testing a new label in India that highlights when a message has been forwarded versus composed by the sender".

On 3 July, the government had directed WhatsApp to immediately take steps to prevent the spread of "irresponsible and explosive messages", saying the social media platform could not evade its responsibility, amid a spate of lynching cases purportedly triggered by posts circulated on such popular messaging apps. The feature will surely help users to avoid spam links that are forwarded every day in groups and to normal chats in plain sight.

Right now, messages sent on WhatsApp don't have any kind of labels on them.

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