Sunday, 22 July, 2018


WhatsApp offers tips to spot fake news after India murders

Whatsapp to introduce new tool to address fake news WhatsApp says it is horrified over India lynchings linked to messages ASEAN+ July 10, 2018 01
Bennie Garza | 10 July, 2018, 19:26

The feature will warn users about suspicious links beforehand by automatically checking them in the message and will be able to determine if the links are safe.

With India being its biggest market with over 200 million users, the Facebook Inc-owned messenger service asserted that it responds to "valid" law enforcement requests in investigating crimes. The red label will hint that either it is phishing or spam link or is redirecting to a false news site.

If WhatsApp finds the link to be malicious, it adds a label called "suspicious link".

As per WABetaInfo, Suspicious Link Detection basically scans a link which has been shared with you and analyses whether it will take you to a fake or alternate website.

Owing to the recent news features WhatsApp has been getting, the giant is introducing a new feature in their next update (version 2.18.206). Beyond that, the ad urges readers to double check facts, links and photos. This will give users much more power to know whether the link is good or spam for them.

This new feature will not send any information to any external servers, and will check the authenticity of the link shared via their internal database.

It may look like the link to a well-known website but if there are spelling mistakes or unusual characters, it's usually a sign something's wrong. In addition, the message also revealed that the murderers will then sell their body parts. 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.

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

Previously, WhatsApp announced a new feature that will allow the group administrators to restrict participants from sending messages to the group.

Endless scrolling down Instagram's news feed to see if you missed anything may become a thing of the past.

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