Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp had witnessed some major changes. The app restricted forwarding the messages to more than five people at a time. In the latest development in the efforts to stop spreading fake news across its platform, the messaging platform had introduced a new feature called Checkpoint Tipline.
According to this new feature, once the app is introduced in India, it will be added to the WhatsApp chats and if any fake news received or forwarded can be shared to the Tipline. Tipline utilizes the third-party organization to verify and showcase its users the authenticity of the message that has been shared.
Apart from this feature, WhatsApp had also introduced a new privacy feature. This goes for the groups in Privacy Settings within the app. According to this feature, the users will have the final say on whether they want to join a particular group or not. Earlier, any user can add anyone or any number of users to a WhatsApp in a single go! The new feature gives the users the consent whether to join or not.
According to the latest findings of WhatsApp beta version by WABetaInfo, it looks like WhatsApp is on to introduce a new feature to stop Frequently Forwarded Messages in Groups. This feature looks like an extension to the one that was introduced in the 2.19.80 update. This lets the users know how many times a message has been forwarded.
Once this update is done with testing and rolls out officially, the WhatsApp group admins will be having the option to allow or to reject the frequently forwarded messages from the group members. Features like these are essential in India to eradicate fake news ahead of elections.
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