WhatsApp beta testing new feature that alerts you of ‘dangerous messages’

Whatsapp to introduce new tool to address fake news

It suggests ways to distinguish forwarded messages from original ones and then "question the information that upsets you".

It urged users to check information before sharing it and cautioned them about the spread of fake news. Viral rumors there have been linked to roughly a dozen deaths since May, when the messaging app became a key source of fake news during a contentious local election in Karnataka state. WhatsApp will analyze all the links received via messages and will detect the suspicious ones. Tell us what you think in the comment section below! The text informs you that the link contains unusual characters and may be trying to appear as another site.

Promptly after, WhatsApp responded by saying that it was "horrified by the violence" and said that measures will be taken under these broad headlines: Digital Literacy and Fact-Checking, Proactive Action to Tackle Abuse, Product Controls.

There will be a menu option of Send Messages under the Group Settings, which has two options: "Only Admins" and "All Participants".

Last week, five people were lynched in Dhule district in Maharashtra state on suspicion of them being part of of a gang of child-lifters.

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In its reply to the Union Ministry of Information and Technology, WhatsApp had said it was "horrified by these bad acts of violence", and called the situation a "challenge that requires government, civil society and technology companies to work together".

The new feature will help users identify suspicious links shared within the platform while allowing the messaging app to automatically detect whether the link that a user receives is fake or spam.

Instances of lynching of innocent people have been noticed recently because of large number of irresponsible and explosive messages filled with rumours and provocation are being circulated on WhatsApp.

This comes after the Indian Government ordered WhatsApp to take steps to curb the spread of misinformation on its platform.

Without specifying whether it will stop services of any person found to be spreading fake news, the company had said it has made changes on group chats to prevent the spread of unwanted information.

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