New WhatsApp update for fake news

Whatsapp's Ad on Tips to Battle Fake News

Whatsapp's Ad on Tips to Battle Fake News

According to Wabetainfo, the feature will analyse the links sent through WhatsApp and check if these redirect users to fake or potentially unsafe websites.

Mired by fake news circulation in India, Facebook-owned instant messenger service WhatsApp is looking tap national newspapers and local dailies to create awareness amongst citizens.

According to WABetaInfo, a new feature called Suspicious Link Detection has been added to beta version 2.18.204 that analyzes and labels outgoing links that may redirect to a fake or website other than what is represented.

According to WABetaInfo, the Suspicious Link Detection feature is now in its testing stage. If WhatsApp detects anything suspicious, the message will be marked with a red label in order to indicate danger.

"This link contains unusual characters".

The ad introduces the soon to be launched feature - Suspicious Link Detection. This will give users much more power to know whether the link is good or spam for them. This will protect users from phishing sites which might try and steal your personal data, such as your logins and passwords.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

This new feature will not send any information to any external servers, and will check the authenticity of the link shared via their internal database.

All of the incidents reportedly fuelled by messages circulated via WhatsApp which subsequently became viral and led to deaths of several people.

To identify rumors and false news, the company has also started working with fact-checking organizations such as Boom Live in India.

Apart from this feature, the other steps initiated by WhatsApp include permitting blocking of unknown contacts.

WhatsApp - in its response to the notice sent by India's IT Ministry - said it has the ability to prevent spam but since it cannot see the content of private messages, blocking can be done only based on user reports.

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