whatsapp aims to crack down on fake news by marking all forwarded messages

Posted by trammel at 2020-04-06

To combat fake news, WhatsApp announced that it would start tagging all forwarded messages. The messaging application will indicate to users which messages have been forwarded to them.

Interestingly, the company is also developing a new feature to combat spam links. Called suspicious link detection function, it will limit the spam flow by scanning the links sent or received by users. The work is very simple. Whenever you receive a link, WhatsApp scans the link to see if it's genuine or fake. When the link is suspect, it will notify the user via a red label.

In addition, if the user decides to open the link, WhatsApp will remind him / her about the suspicious link again, "the link contains unusual characters. It may try to appear as another website.

Earlier, WhatsApp announced a new feature that allows group administrators to restrict participants from sending messages to group groups. The new feature, called send message, is being rolled out worldwide to Android, IOS and windows phone users.

Under group settings, there will be a send message menu option with two options: administrator only and all participants. When you click the former, participants will not be able to send messages, photos, videos, etc. to the group. WhatsApp will inform all participants in the group about the settings changes.