WhatsApp launches Indian media blitz to dispel fake news woes

  • WhatsApp launches Indian media blitz to dispel fake news woes

WhatsApp launches Indian media blitz to dispel fake news woes

The statement states, "WhatsApp is commissioning a competitive set of awards to researchers interested in exploring issues that are related to misinformation on WhatsApp". The feature, called 'Suspicious Link Detection, ' is now in testing and will be rolled out in the near future.

The feature is presently available on the 2.18.204 beta version of WhatsApp. If WhatsApp detects anything suspicious, the message will be marked with a red label in order to indicate danger. As per WABetaInfo, the app will now have suspicious link detection functionality. The link will come with a warning that reads, "This link contains usual characters". Instagram has added a notification called "You're All Caught Up" that lets users know if they've seen everything posted within the last 48 hours. This will be done when WhatsApp suspects the link to be either a fake one with the objective of "phishing" or it is simply spam and should be ignored. According to WABetaInfo, the link detection is done locally rather than being sent to WhatsApp servers. This time, the platform has received the ability to automatically hide shared media from appearing in your phone gallery. The ... Will this feature be able to fight against malicious links? The Facebook-owned firm coming under fire for its handling of hoax messages that have been cited as the reason for several people being killed by mobs in India.

Earlier this month, WhatsApp told that it was educating users to identify fake news as well as considering changes to the service with a public beta test in the works, that was working towards labeling any forwarded message.

Indian officials said the company could not "evade accountability and responsibility". Hence, WhatsApp is now testing a new "Suspicious Link Detection" feature which will help users identify if a message they have received is fake or not.

Is this a step in the right direction for WhatsApp?