Gadget Insights: Facebook-owned WhatsApp, on Tuesday, announced the launch of its new ‘search the web’ feature in order to help its users fact check whether the information received as WhatsApp forward is credible or not.
Ensuing the safety concerns, WhatsApp, earlier launched the features of tagging the forwarded messages with ‘double arrows’ and setting limits on the number of forwards a person can send to his or her contacts per day, to curb the spread of fake news on its messenger app.
“Today (August 4), we’re piloting a simple way to double-check these messages by tapping a magnifying glass button in the chat.
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,” WhatsApp said.
The search feature enables the users to upload the forwarded messages on their browsers without WhatsApp ever seeing the message itself, WhatsApp further said.
“Currently, search the web is being rolled out in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, the UK, and the US for users that have the latest version of WhatsApp on Android, iOS, and WhatsApp Web. Later, the feature will be expanded to more regions including India,” it added.