The feature to verify forwarded messages on WhatsApp was long overdue and now we hear that the company is planning to roll-out the feature soon.
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Users can put both text and audio messages through the verification test, and use the in-app search to get more context on the information shared. For now, WhatsApp says: "This feature is currently in testing, and we look forward to rolling it out in the near future". According to Mumbai Mirror, WhatsApp will let users check the contents of the message for suspected factual inaccuracies. After tapping the icon, WhatsApp will ask if you want to upload the message on Google, so you can see if it contains fake news.
The "Search Messages on the Web" feature is available in WhatsApp beta for Android 2.20.94, and will be rolled out widely in the coming weeks. Facebook and Twitter have already introduced fact-checking services, and moderators are jumping on certain messages about coronavirus in case they spread dangerously inaccurate information. Tap on the "Search the Web" button and it will then search on Google. The entire message will be pasted in the Google Search bar, and relevant results can then be used to ascertain whether the message is fake or not.More news: CHOPPER VIEW: Bindi Irwin 'rushes' wedding to Chandler
WhatsApp confirmed the development of the new tool, but without providing clarity on release. Reportedly WhatsApp has been testing this functionality for a while now with its beta versions, previously offering the search possibility for a received image. "This feature is now in testing, and we look forward to rolling it out in the near future". With its arrival, we can use the feature to find out how secure and original are the forwarded messages.More news: Iran, France Release Detained Researcher, Engineer In Apparent Prisoner Swap