WhatsApp offers tips to spot fake news

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The ads begin with the headline "Together we can fight false information" and offer tips on how users can identify whether news they read via shared messages on WhatsApp is true or not.

If a suspicious link is detected, it will be shown with a red label, and if you try and open the link, you'll be shown a pop-up window warning you again. Called "Suspicious Link Detection", the upcoming WhatsApp feature "analyses" the link in order to detect whether it is redirecting to a "fake or alternative website".

According to a report by WABetainfo, the new feature will restrict the spam circulation by scanning the links that are being sent or received by the users. The feature will surely help users to avoid spam links that are forwarded every day in groups and to normal chats in plain sight.


The Facebook-owned messaging service has been under enormous pressure to curb the spread of misinformation in India after the lynching of more than 20 people accused of child abduction in the last two months. For the first time, a forwarded WhatsApp message will include an indicator that marks it as forwarded.

This move comes in one month after two youths from Assam became victims of mob lynching following an alleged fake news that spread over WhatsApp regarding child lifters. The company added that people should think before they share a forwarded message.

Also on Tuesday, WhatsApp launched an education campaign in India that's aimed at helping users spot fake news on the platform.


Meanwhile in Brazil, where 120 million of the country's 200 million citizens use the app, the feature has already been working in some groups of beta users.

While instant messaging apps like WhatsApp have completely changed the way we communicate, it has also brought in a wide array of new generation issues. The Information and Technology ministry had recently written to WhatsApp to come up with technical measures to control fake news. This means that users who forward the messages won't be able to remove the label from their side. If the person identifies and you wish to add to your contacts that is also feasible.


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