WhatsApp launches new feature to warn users of forwarded messages and fight fake news

WhatsApp launches new feature to warn users of forwarded messages and fight fake news

The feature is one of a number of changes WhatsApp is making to improve group discussions...

LAGOS, Nigeria; 10th July 2018

 

 

It’s now less false news and less unsolicited content for WhatsApp users as developers of the app have announced a new feature that allows users to know when they have received a forwarded message.

The ‘Forward Message Indicator’ indicates which messages have been forwarded to you upon receipt.

The new feature announcement was made via a WhatsApp blog post around which time the feature will roll out 100 per cent.

The feature will also help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.

To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone.

The feature is one of a number of changes WhatsApp is making to improve group discussions and address the challenge of viral content and the spread of false news. This is especially important in the election context.

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