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WhatsApp Starts Labelling Forwarded Messages In India To Fix Fake News Problem

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WhatsApp started labelling forwarded messages on its platform long back though the feature was limited to beta testers. Now, WhatsApp has confirmed that starting Tuesday it will start labelling forward messages for everyone. The feature will basically help you understand whether the WhatsApp message sent to you is an original one or has been forwarded.

WhatsApp says this extra context will help make people follow both one-on-one and group chats easier where the user understands the origin.

It also helps WhatsApp users determine if the forwarded message from your friend or family was written message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.

To check whether the user sent a forwarded or original message, users will have to update to the latest version of WhatsApp on iOS and Android.

How to check if you received forwarded message from anyone on WhatsApp

  1. The new WhatsApp feature basically is targeted to stop fake news from spreading in the country through the messaging platform.
  2. To check if you’ve received a forwarded message, just update your app to the latest version on Android and iOS.
  3. Once updated to the latest version, the new message starts showing up in chat with a ‘Forwarded’ label which is for messages that you receive from family and friends that have already been shared with a lot of people.

“WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety. We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded. As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.WhatsApp lately has been feeling the heat after several reports claimed that rumours spread on the messaging platform led to lynching incidents in India.
The Indian government had asked Facebook-owned messaging platform to take measures to fix the fake news problem.
The company earlier announced reward programme where it commissioned global awards to researchers on issues related to misinformation on its platform.

Under its WhatsApp Research Awards for social science and misinformation, the messaging platform announced an approximate Rs 34 lakh reward for researchers.

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