Published: Sun, August 04, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Whatsapp's new features include detecting ‘frequently forwarded’ messages

Whatsapp's new features include detecting ‘frequently forwarded’ messages

WhatsApp already let users know when they received a forwarded message with a single arrow on top telling users about the feature. The latest feature of WhatsApp is aimed to combat fake news and spread of misinformation on its platform. Indian users have started getting these features.

Another indicator for a "frequently forwarded" message is that a user will see two arrows on a forwarded message if it has been coming down a long chain. "Then, the messaging app will alert you with "forwarded many times" label", the spokesperson added. To recall, WhatsApp has been testing the "frequently forwarded" feature for a year now, and it was spotted on the Beta version of the application back in March 2018. This is the label with the double arrow. Message can be forwarded to just five people at a time.

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WhatsApp has introduced a new feature through which users can identify if a message is forwarded frequently. This feature is not made available to both Android and iOS and launching globally in chunks. WhatsApp Global Head Will Cathcart said that the company was aiming to roll-out the service by the end of this year. Mob lynchings triggered by false incendiary messages in India, WhatsApp's biggest market with more than 200 million users, led to authorities calling for steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content. Users in India can update the app from the Play Store and App Store, which will introduce a new feature that will tell users if the message has been forwarded many times. As a user, one can continue to send the message or choose to quit.

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