Friday, 20 July, 2018

WhatsApp working on Suspicious Link Detection to detect spams

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
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2018, 12:36

According to a report by WABetainfo, the new feature will restrict the spam circulation by scanning the links that are being sent or received by the users. I don't seem to have it on my phone (version 2.18.207) but it apparently works as you'd expect, as the app highlights a suspicious link with a red label.

WAInfoBeta, which tracks Whatsapp updates and new releases, has informed that a new suspicious link detected tool is being tested by Whatsapp. The link will come with a warning that reads, "This link contains usual characters".

The ad introduces the soon to be launched feature - Suspicious Link Detection.

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".

Or will it exclusively target phishing websites or sites with dodgy security measures or a ton of spam?

As such any link is still private to the person who received it and the one who sent it. After witnessing these tragic incidents in India, which is also the second largest market of the Whatsapp users, the Indian government also criticized the company for its role in spreading the false information.

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When the Whatsapp user attempts to open this link, then another alert will be shown, informing that the link has originated from a suspicious source.

The blog post further added that every time WhatsApp analyses a link, it does it locally without sending any data packets to its servers.

In the light of these events, it is reported that WhatsApp will bring a feature that will help users determine if a message has been forwarded or it has been typed by the sender.

WhatsApp has a pretty extensive list of features, but the Facebook-owned company is always adding more. However, there are no words from WhatsApp about the official release of the feature.

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