Judging by the links (and malware spread through fake links) that are continuously being shared on the internet, this feature seems to be very useful.
With anti-social elements and criminals more and more employing WhatsApp to share false new via group chats, the firm is aiming to include new features to verify this mistreatment of its instant messaging application. The Facebook-owned firm coming under fire for its handling of hoax messages that have been cited as the reason for several people being killed by mobs in India. It urged the users to be careful and double check the facts before sharing a post. "As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help".
"We are starting an education campaign in India on how to spot fake news and rumours", a WhatsApp spokesman said in a statement.
A newspaper vendor in New Delhi reads a paper with a full back-page advertisement from WhatsApp meant to counter fake information on July 10, 2018. WhatsApp is taking these measures to curb distribution of fake website links.
Readers are advised to check if a message has been forwarded - WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature to help people identify forwarded messages. "We will build on these efforts". The update will now allow the group admins to send messages whereas the members can only message to the admin directly.
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.
Owned by Facebook, WhatsApp's biggest market is India, with about 200 million users in the country.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on July 2 had written to WhatsApp asking it to take immediate steps to prevent the circulation of false information and provocative content, saying it "cannot evade accountability and responsibility".