New WhatsApp feature to fight suspicious links and more

Going ahead, the instant messaging app is also keen to add a feature where the authenticity of website links being forwarded through messages is reliable or not. Interestingly, despite this claim, the new feature can presumably be bypassed by anyone quite easily.

The company had said, "We have been testing a new label in India that highlights when a message has been forwarded versus composed by the sender".

WhatsApp's tips include checking with other sources, looking up photos online that may be edited, and thinking twice before forwarding a message you have doubts about.

The outlet reports that version 2.18.206 of WhatsApp has brought the new feature to the table.

It has also been pointed out that such platform can not evade accountability and responsibility specially when good technological inventions are abused by some miscreants who resort to provocative messages which lead to spread of violence.

To counter the spread of fake news, WhatsApp has taken out advertisements in leading newspapers today to fight false information.

On a related note, WhatsApp is attempting hard to stop the danger of false news being spread for quite some time on its platform.

Facebook Inc.'s WhatsApp messaging platform on Tuesday published advertisements in key Indian newspapers to tackle the spread of misinformation, its first such effort to combat a flurry of fake messages that prompted mob lynchings. Rumours on WhatsApp have fuelled a spate of incidents involving mob fury, a recent one being lynching of five men on the suspicion of being child-lifters in Maharashtra's Rainpada village of Dhule district. The Government has also directed that spread of such messages should be immediately contained through the application of appropriate technology. According to the blog post, the feature will help users in identifying suspicious links (both sent and received) by automatically detecting whether the URL leads to a fake/malicious website or not.

Facebook-owned Whatsapp is reportedly working on a Suspicious Link Detection feature to curb spam messages from spreading on its platform. It advises people to not share something, if they have doubts about its content, potentially stopping an untruthful piece before it goes viral.

Vanessa Coleman