WhatsApp is testing more features to help the fight against fake news on the internet. The new Whatsapp feature is works with android for now, it labels messages you send as “frequently forwarded” if they’ve been shared five or more times so you can know.
You will be told exactly how many times the message has been shared or forwarded by going straight to the Message Info section. It only works with messages you send not the ones you receive, but it could give you an option of sharing a sensationalist piece to your friends more than just once.
For now, we aren’t quite sure when this feature will reach the standard WhatsApp releases, but with its presence in the beta program we do hope it will be coming pretty much soon.
Whatsapp is relatively in hot seat and needs to act as fast as possible since most critics have blamed fake news on the tech company for spurring lynchings and other violence in India. Following the attacks, Facebook has gone as far as running newspaper adverts and hiring dedicated staff to keep a track on misinformation making rounds. When WhatsApp fully implements this feature and it helps identifies fake news, it might not need to resort to a newspaper to track information.