WhatsApp's newest feature makes it easier to debunk hoaxes
What you need to know
- WhatsApp continues to tackle the spread of hoaxes on its platform.
- A new feature will let users search the web for content in forwarded messages with the tap of a button.
- WhatsApp is bringing this to seven countries including Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and the U.S.
WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature that will make it more convenient to fact-check forwarded messages with just the click of a button.
The company announced the change on via its blog, saying:
WhatsApp's forwards have been criticized for being a fertile breeding ground for misinformation, even helping muddy the discourse around the COVID-19 pandemic in its early stages.
Writing on the danger of fast-spreading falsehoods, Android Central's Harish Jonnalagadda said:
WhatsApp didn't ban forwards, they did the next best thing in restricting them shortly afterward. With this move, it now becomes even easier for users to identify and fact-check a forwarded message — if they are so inclined.
The new search feature will be rolling out to seven countries including Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and the U.S. on iOS, Android, and the web.
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