April 7, 2021
WhatsApp Viral Message Reverse-Search Tool Starts Test Trial

WhatsApp is Testing a New Tool that Allows Users to Reverse-Search Viral Messages to Learn if They’re Fakes

WhatsApp is now experimenting with a reverse-search option for viral messages that allows users to check if the content is genuine…

With more than 2 billion+ users across the globe, WhatsApp is one of the largest connectivity points in the world. Because of its sheer size, it’s become a prime point to spread misinformation, fake news, and perpetuate hoaxes. As a result of misuse, the Facebook subsidiary has placed limits on forwarding. Plus, the company has taken other measures to keep the platform from being abused. Now, the messaging service is testing another such feature.

WhatsApp Viral Message Reverse-Search Tool Starts Test Trial

WhatsApp is now starting to show a magnifying glass next to frequently forwarded messages. Users can tap on the icon that will in-turn launch a web search. That may or may not reveal the message is a myth, misinformation, or outright bad stuff. Of course, it’s intended to curtail the spread of fake content, but it’s really up to the end users to decide.

The new WhatsApp viral message reverse-search tool is now available in seven countries, including Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and the US on Android and iOS. Oddly, it’s not available in India, where the platform has a documented history of being abused the most. 

Savannah Marie

Savannah Marie loves writing and all things social media. She writes on a variety of topics, from social media to health and wellness to travel and all points in between! She is the lead writer and creator of Mixios and blogs with style and a one of a kind voice.

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