WhatsApp Forwarded Tag Fights Fake News

WhatsApp Forwarded Tag Fights Fake News
Users now have an easy way to see if a WhatsApp message has been forwarded from another source.

(CCM) — WhatsApp is turning its sights on fake news and false rumors spread over its network by introducing a tag which indicates when a message has been forwarded rather than coming directly from a friend or relative.

The move is likely to be a response to the problem of viral misinformation spread in countries such as India, which has 200 million WhatsApp users. A number of men in that country have been killed after being the target of false rumors alleging that they were child kidnappers, and the rumors are believed to have been propagated over networks such as WhatsApp.

Last week the Information Technology Ministry in India ordered WhatsApp to "take immediate action to end this menace and ensure that their platform is not used for such malafide activities."

WhatsApp responded by saying: "WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety. We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded." It also reminded users that they can report spam or block a contact with a single tap.

The new "forwarded" label users need to upgrade to the newest version of the WhatsApp iOS and Android app.

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