WhatsApp Forwarded messages have long been a cause for the spread of fake news. A link or just random text is forwarded to a group or just to your personal inbox. You click on it and you end up on a website with news that could be fake, but you, unfortunately, fall for it.
WhatsApp is testing an approach that might help. A search button will be placed to the right of all forwarded messages. The search button will be used to upload the text within the message to your default browser and perform a quick search based on that text.
WhatsApp placed a limit on forwarded messages earlier this year. According to their FAQ section, you can choose to share a message with up to five chats at one time. When a message is forwarded through a chain of five or more chats, meaning it is at least five forwards away from its original sender, the message is labelled with a double arrow icon.
Forwarded messages contain a counter that keeps track of how many times that specific message has been forwarded. However, much as the app knows that a message has been forwarded a certain number of times, WhatsApp claims to not have any access to any of the messages you send as they are end-to-end encrypted.
This search tool will allow users to be confident of the news they receive in groups and from other contacts. It is not mandatory though, so it is up to you to use the tool or not. WhatsApp is rolling out the feature in a few countries which include Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, UK, US, and Italy. It will eventually be available globally.
We recently say Twitter add a similar feature in the timeline. Before you retweet certain articles, the app will alert you of how the headline might not tell the whole truth. It will suggest you read the article first before continuing to retweet.