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WhatsApp empowering group admins to curb the spread of fake news

11 April 2019 4

WhatsApp continues to grow quite fast especially in the developing countries with new feature and improvements rolled out frequently. Now in the latest development, WhatsApp is making efforts to protect the integrity of the app that is now widely used to spread the false information and content around. While this happens in one-to-one chat, it mostly spreads like wildfire in WhatsApp groups where there is no particular feature to administer such an action.


Now in efforts to curb the spread of fake information, WhatsApp partnered with fact-checking service in India and has also taken steps to show ‘forwarded message’ label to clearly indicate that such messages are part of a forwarded chain and their credibility could be on stake. Then we had a feature where users were able to see a number of times a particular message was forwarded thus suggesting if a particular message was viral.

The latest updates include a feature that is yet not publicly launched and is under testing, allows group admins to control what type of content could be shared in their groups. This allows them to disable the spread of frequently forwarded messages. This option might be seen in the settings menu. The only way to bypass this would be to copy/paste a particular viral message as a new one which would then be bypassing the aforementioned racket.

What do you think about this? Would this help resolve the spread of fake information on WhatsApp.


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