A new WhatsApp forwarded messages label now appears to help users better identify senders in an effort to help curb the spread of misinformation…
WhatsApp now takes an extra step to help users know more about the messages they receive. In a short post on the company’s official site, the messaging service announced it will now label all forwarded content. WhatsApp states it is doing so to help curtail its viral misinformation problems.
WhatsApp Forwarded Messages Label Introduced
The new WhatsApp forwarded message label will now appear on not only text messages, but also, on images and videos. “This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else,” the company explains.
This isn’t exactly out-of-the-blue. WhatsApp already tested the feature in its largest market, Brazil, along with India. (In those two countries alone, there are over 300 million users.) And, in both countries, the app played a role in the spread of false information. For instance, in Brazil, some reporters speculate fake news about yellow fever vaccine was spread across the platform. Meanwhile, in India, child abduction rumors and child trafficking rumors have been linked to the death of about a dozen people.
WhatsApp is aware of its misleading information problem and is taking steps to fixing it. Just the other day, the company announced it’s offering $50,000 to researchers to help solve its fake news problem.