For a long time now, WhatsApp has been developing new tools and features to combat the spread of Fake News on its platform, having presented itself almost as an impossible mission. Despite not being able to stop this “new plague”, the application makes available to users crucial tools to guarantee their safety.
Through a publication on its official blog, the WhatsApp team announced that are already providing a new feature to combat the spread of misinformation. This new implementation appears as an excellent complement to the features brought over the last few months.
From now on, whenever a message is redirected several times, you will start to see a new magnifying glass icon next to the message. Through this magnifying glass, you will be able to start an immediate Google search on the content present in the link. This way, you will be able to confirm immediately whether the content you received is credible or not.
Measures implemented by WhatsApp to combat Fake News are exceptional
After receiving suggestions from several people with high political positions to completely ban the option to “redirect” messages, WhatsApp decided to invest many of its resources in the search for alternatives. This is a feature much appreciated by users and, certainly, its removal would bring great frustration to the community.
At a time when Fake News has grown exponentially, the measures implemented by WhatsApp have impressive results.
Last year, a simple automatic tool was implemented that adds a double arrow icon to messages that are redirected many times. In this way, users gained a practical and quick way of knowing that the message received was not written by any of their close contacts.
At the beginning of the year, they decided to take their measures to another level , considerably limiting the number of times a message could be redirected. This measure had a major impact, causing the total number of redirects to be reduced by 25% globally.
Now, with the new tool, there is no excuse for “consuming Fake News”. With a simple click, it will be possible to access a detailed information search on the received contents.
When you will be able to test this new feature on your WhatsApp
Unfortunately, in the publication made on the official WhatsApp blog, reference has not yet been made to Portugal. The WhatsApp team confirmed that the feature is being launched as of today in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom.
However, it is likely to take only a few days until it becomes available globally, becoming available in the iOS, Android and also in the Web version of WhatsApp. Before you go, discover the best alternatives to WhatsApp, outside the Facebook sphere.
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