"Providing a simple way to search messages that have been forwarded many times may help people find news results or other sources of information about the content they have received".
As noted above, the new feature isn't available for all users and is now limited to a small set of beta users.
WhatsApp has announced new features which will begin to roll out to users in the coming weeks.
For those unaware, this feature will allow users to universally search all types of content - such as photos, videos, links, GIFs, Audio and Documents - through the main search toolbar.
WhatsApp has been slowly but steadily gaining new features and quality-of-life improvements over the past months. While the new magnifying glass feature hasn't reached here yet in Malaysia, the WhatsApp bot could be a tool for if you receive a forwarded message containing potentially false information. For now it is under development, and users may not see it even if they are on the latest beta.
"We're piloting a simple way to double-check these messages by tapping a magnifying glass button in the chat", WhatsApp said.
The limit has been tightened gradually over the last two years.
Whatsapp has encountered challenges curbing the spread of misinformation due to the fact that its messages are encrypted, meaning that the company or authorities can not see the contents of the messages. Viral messages can now be forwarded on to one more person, instead of the previous limit of five. Before that, users were able to forward a message to 250 groups at once.
WhatsApp's parent firm Facebook has also been the subject of global scrutiny over its role in the spread of fake news and disinformation.