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WhatsApp working on feature that would let users weed out fake information

WhatsApp's new feature will let you fact-check forwarded messages 1 WhatsApp testing in-app search feature to fight misinformation around coronavirus
Cecil Davis | 25 March, 2020, 17:39

After rolling out dark mode for WhatsApp, Facebook has now started rolling out a new feature called Advanced Search to the final version of the app for both Android as well as iOS. One person creates a message to suit his vested interest and later that message circulates as a fact.

Once you tap on the icon, a message will pop up and read, "Would you like to search this on the Web?"

Using WhatsApp's new search feature is simple, all you need to do is open the app and swipe down at the chat screen to reveal the new search bar. WhatsApp just launched a coronavirus data hub, and it is now testing a new search option. As per WABetainfo, WhatsApp is already working to "introduce some options to launch the feature for Frequently Forwarded Messages". This can be shown as WhatsApp labels messages that have been frequently forwarded on top of the text, as seen on the screenshot shared by the blog. The app will also ask for permission to access your notifications which if you agree to, will take you to your settings for authentication of the permission. This will hopefully make it easier for people to determine the reliability of a message, and to think twice before mindlessly forwarding it on. Reportedly WhatsApp has been testing this functionality for a while now with its beta versions, previously offering the search possibility for a received image. WhatsApp informed media outlets that the feature will be rolled out soon to empower all users.

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The Search Messages feature by WhatsApp will be highly effective at a time when the entire world is battling the coronavirus outbreak. The rampant spread of misinformation regarding coronavirus can lead to a lot of harm.

The feature allows you to get more context about the message in question and verify if the claim is true.

Twitter recently issued a detailed list of the kind of tweets they would remove from their social media site and Facebook too has marked a lot of false articles on coronavirus as spam.