How many times have you gotten a dodgy, unverified piece of information forwarded by one of your second cousins in the extended family WhatsApp group? Quite a number, we know. Well, WhatsApp is finally taking charge of the ‘Fake News’ epidemic by inserting a new feature in the app.
The company announced that it’s adding labels to forwarded messages, so users can better identify what’s real and what’s fake. With the update, forwarded messages will have a small “forwarded” label, similar to forwarded email messages. This’ll be an indication that the note was originally written by someone other than the sender.
While it may seem like a minor update, it’s one of the steps the company is taking to help people spot fake news and other types of wrong information. “WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety. We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded,” the company wrote in a blog post.
So, before you send out that message to fve people for you to claim a $500 voucher at your hypermarket, think to yourself… we use the Malaysian Ringgit here, honey. 😉