WhatsApp has released a new feature to help curb the spread of deadly information that misleads the public. Countries like Nigeria and India are a hotbed for forwarded messages and hoax which many persons don’t even bother verifying.
Announced on Tuesday, the new feature this feature may help curb plagiarism as it puts a small indicator at the top of forwarded messages.
The message accompanying the announcement of the feature on the WhatsApp blog reads;
“Starting today, WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive have been forwarded to you. This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It also 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.”
“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.”
This feature was released after misinformation spread through WhatsApp has been linked to the mob killing of two men who were targeted by false rumours after they were accused of kidnapping kids.
This prompted the Indian Information and Technology Ministry to write to WhatsApp asking them to help prevent the spread of false messages on the platform.