WhatsApp has started testing the reverse search images and text message feature which will help to identify misinformation. The WhatsApp is now working out on a feature that will let people search the authenticity of frequently forwarded messages.
Soon the people will be able to see a magnifying glass indicating the search option to check the authenticity of frequently forward messages. People can talk on the search icon on the screen to check whether the message is a myth or is credible.
The messages that are forwarded more than five times on the WhatsApp messenger are considered as frequently forwarded messages. Also, those messages are reflected as forwarded on the label on the top.
The app provides end to end encryption due to which the company cannot go through any of the conversations held between its users. So, with the new feature users will be able to determine whether the forwarded messages are genuine or not. Furthermore, the users will be able to survey the content of the messages received with the help of any local fast checking organizations.
The new feature has been made available for the users of Italy, Mexico, the UK, Brazil, Ireland, and the US for various versions of WhatsApp application. It is a disappointment that the feature has not been made available in India. At present more than 400 million users use WhatsApp in India.
Search the web feature enables the users to upload the messages via their web browser. This feature states that WhatsApp can not see the messages being shared between the users. The new feature presently does not verify the shared images and videos.
In the last few years, WhatsApp has faced criticism over the spread of information on its messaging platform. It has been working to introduce features to curtail the spread of misinformation. Also, various restrictions have been imposed to regulate the flow of misinformation in the past years.