WhatsApp users can now fact-check forwarded message chains as another way to fight the spread of misinformation
- WhatsApp, the popular, Facebook-owned messaging app, is rolling out a feature that helps users fact-check information forwarded in message chains.
- A magnifying glass icon now appears in the chat, which can redirect users to search the web for sources of information on the topic discussed in the message.
- The feature is the company's latest attempt to help curb the spread of
- In early April,
WhatsApp rolled out a feature allowing users to fact-check content contained in forwarded message chains.
A magnifying glass will now appear alongside messages that have been forwarded to five people or more, according to a company blog post published Monday. Users can click the icon and be redirected to the web to search for news results that shed more light on the topic discussed in the messages.Per the blog post, users can upload the message directly into their web browser to more easily search for other sources of information, and WhatsApp does not see the message itself.
WhatsApp is one of the many
A double-arrow symbol also appears next to a forwarded message a user receives if it was written by someone they do not know.
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