28 September 2020
WhatsApp has started rolling out "Search the web" feature for everyone on the app. As the name implies, the Search the web option will let you search a forwarded message on the web so that you can cross-check its existence and ultimately find out if the sent message is authentic. But Search the web feature is not available for every forwarded message you get on your WhatsApp.
The new Search the web option flags only those messages that have been forwarded many times. A magnifying glass icon appears next to such messages and you can click on that icon and search on the web for them. This way the feature allows you to be the detective of received messages that have been forwarded many times on the app. You can look for their source and check out if the received message is true enough to be relied on.
For example, we often get some sensational messages in our chats, especially in group chats that look suspicious. We can look for such messages on the web and know if they are actually true or made by some shonkies.
This is WhatsApp’s new way to combat fake news that circulates on its messaging app. Before this, WhatApp also rolled out two arrows label above most forwarded messages so that people could know that the messages have not been written by their close contact. WhatsApp touts that the new Search the web feature double checks the messages for you by letting you search for it on the web.
The feature uploaded the message via the browser and you can search for its origin and know more about it on the web. WhatsApp claims that the app does not see the message while you do so.
The Search the web feature was first made available to users in beta and it is now being rolled out in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and the US. It is available for those with the latest versions of WhatsApp for Android, iOS, and WhatsApp Web.