WhatsApp Slaps "Forwarded" On Messages To Control Spread Of Misinformation

"This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow," the company said. WhatsApp is making an attem...

"This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow," the company said.



WhatsApp is making an attempt to handle the unfold of pretend news on its platform. One solution: beginning weekday, it'll begin slapping a little "forwarded" label on all forwarded messages.

"This additional context can facilitate build one-on-one and cluster chats easier to follow. It conjointly helps you establish if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from some other person," aforesaid WhatsApp in a very statement.

Forwarded messages on WhatsApp have crystal rectifier to major pretend news crises in countries like Bharat, WhatsApp's largest market, that has quite two hundred million users. quite a dozen folks are lynched in Bharat since might, fueled  by information forwarded on WhatsApp concerning child-kidnapping rings and organ harvesters. Furious mobs have fallen for these rumors and resorted to violence against people that were incorrectly suspect of wrongdoing.
Last week, the Bharatn government demanded that WhatsApp take a lot of responsibility and add a lot of options to its platform to curb information in India.

On Tuesday, WhatsApp bought whole advertisements in over thirty Indian newspapers in seven Indian languages urging folks to "question something that upsets you" among different tips to fight information on the platform within the country. the corporate is exploring mistreatment advertising in different formats besides paper.

"Understand once a message is forwarded," the ad aforesaid. "Double check facts once you are not certain World Health Organization wrote the first message."

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