Whatsapp launches indian media campaign to dispel fake news woes

Whatsapp to introduce new tool to address fake news

Recently, the Government of India had instructed WhatsApp to take swift measures to prevent the spreading of "irresponsible and explosive messages" through its platform.

According to WABetaInfo, the Suspicious Link Detection feature is now in its testing stage. As per WABetaInfo, the app will now have suspicious link detection functionality.

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Once this function is launched, the moment you get a link on WhatsApp to a website, the application will do a background verification to the website of the link and will alert users if it finds something suspicious. It will automatically identify whether the link received is suspicious or not.

The company's reply came after the respective ministry issued a warning to WhatsApp in the wake of killings taking place across the country due to rumours that circulate via the platform.

The feature will mark suspect websites with a red warning label while tapping the link will show another warning. "It may be trying to appear as another site".

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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.

WhatsApp has been at the centre of many controversies, particularly in India following reports of lynching incidents after fake messages were spread through WhatsApp.

The Suspicious Link Detection feature goes hand in hand with Chrome and Firefox browsers which inform a user they visiting an unsafe link. The report highlights that WhatsApp will analyse the link locally and not data will be sent to WhatsApp servers in order to detect the suspicious link. Users on WhatsApp should always do their own research into whether a piece of information being forwarded is genuine, before sending it along.

Apart from this feature, the other steps initiated by WhatsApp include permitting blocking of unknown contacts.

Right now, messages sent on WhatsApp don't have any kind of labels on them.

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