California: To fight fake news, rumours from spreading using social media the Indian Authorities are taking preventive measures and have directed the social media giants to work on their applications failing which strict legal action will be taken against these platforms used to spread the fake rumours.
Now social messaging platform WhatsApp is coming up with a variety of new features to help the authorities in curbing the fake news.
WhatsApp is an end to end encrypted social messaging platform that has denied giving access to its users messages but in order to help the authorites, it has introduced the ‘forwarding’ label last year that has limited forward messaging at just one click.
Now this Facebook-owned company is working on two new features as an update to this.
WABetaInfo source revealed two features on forwarding messages. One adds an additional ‘frequently forwarded’ label, while the other lets users check if their messages have been forwarded.
This new tool will be available in the info section for messages where the users can check if their messages have been delivered or read.
The new update will now show if the sent message has been forwarded and along with the number of times it has been forwarded.
Currently, the forwarded messages come with the label forward message and messages that have been forwarded more than four times will now display ‘frequently forwarded’ label on top.
The two new features are under trial and are being tested on WhatsApp beta but soon will be available for all users.
WhatsApp beta users are expected to receive these features in the next update.
In its fight against fighting fake news for the past one year, WhatsApp is also expected to introduce reverse image search on the app which will allow users to check the authenticity of the circulated images on the web.